Member News

DOL News: Combatting Misclassification

Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil speaks to members of the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program gathered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix on April 1. Click for a larger photo. Construction businesses need a level playing field to be competitive. The Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program — a … Read more »

IUPAT Coatings and Corrosion Expo in WV Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather On April 1, 2015 District Council 53 hosted the 3rd Annual Coating and Corrosion Expo in Weston, West Virginia. The expo was a great opportunity for paint manufacturers and contractors to showcase their latest products to combat corrosion, as well as answer questions from expo attendees. Participating vendors included … Read more »

IUPAT Organizing Training

This week at the International Finishing Trades Institute on the IUPAT Headquarters Campus in Hanover, Maryland, organizers and representatives underwent comprehensive organizing training coordinated by the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD). Attendees learned about building a national organizing campaign from the ground up utilizing the latest tools in research, media outreach and social … Read more »

Boom Seen for Painters, Building Trades

Overall construction employment could grow by 29 percent between 2012 and 2022, compared to just 11 percent in all other industries, according to Employment Trends and Projections in Construction, a new quarterly trend report by CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training. Painter jobs are expected to increase by 23 percent over the next decade. … Read more »

Labor Movement United in Opposition to ‘Fast Tracking’ Trade Deals

In a show of solidarity, workers from across economic sectors representing 60 unions within and outside of the AFL-CIO came together today to sign a letter to Congress expressing opposition to Fast Track authority, which is used to advance unfair trade deals. The letter, which can be viewed by clicking here, demonstrates the unity between … Read more »

IUPAT Painter Featured on Montana Whitetail and Mule Deer Hunt on March 5 Episode of Brotherhood Outdoors

Nashville, TN – The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s award-winning hunting and fishing TV series, Brotherhood Outdoors, will feature Montgomery, Illinois, resident Stephen Lefaver as he attempts to harvest his first Montana buck at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 15 on the Sportsman Channel. As Director of Training for Painters District Council 30’s Joint Apprenticeship & … Read more »

IUPAT Member Receives Governor Appointment

In a collective effort to raise awareness and bring change to the political landscape in Alaska, District Council 5 members and International staff successfully campaigned on behalf of now-Governor Bill Walker. As an Independent, Walker is a labor-friendly Governor. He appointed IUPAT Local Union 1959 retiree Mike Andrews to be the Director of Business Partnerships … Read more »

The NALC Stamp out Hunger Food Drive is May 9!

Underemployment and joblessness remain high and the need for food assistance remains great.  Thankfully, for so many in need of a helping hand, the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is coming back for the 23rd consecutive year. Working in partnership with the AFL-CIO Community Services network, United Way Worldwide, … Read more »

District Council 58 Glaziers Repair Small Business in Ferguson, MO

Members of District Council 58/Local Union 513 (St. Louis, MO) and local contractor Glass Concepts came together to repair damage to a small business that was vandalized during the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Natalie DuBose, owner of “Natalie’s Cakes and More”, was extremely appreciative for the donation of labor and material to repair her … Read more »

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

On February 18-19, 2015 members of the IUPAT’s Government Affairs staff met for a debrief of the 2014 election cycle. In addition to discussing the results of the election, they discussed the importance of mobilizing the membership during the election cycle. The staff is in unanimous agreement that participation needs to increase among the membership … Read more »