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PATCH Foundation Provides Florida Elementary School with Student Supplies

Reddick, FL —- On Monday, August 18, local members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 78 delivered school supplies for all of the students in Reddick-Collier Elementary in Reddick, Florida.  The gifts were made through the Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation (PATCH). PATCH was founded by … Read more »


  Tuesday, August 12, with resounding support and words of praise read into the record by delegates from coast to coast and on behalf of all of Canada, General President Kenneth E. Rigmaiden and his slate of executive leaders were elected on Day 2 of the IUPAT 31st General Convention. With no opposition nominated by … Read more »

IUPAT Participates in Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission Meeting

Panel Focused on Apprenticeship and Construction Hanover, MD — On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, members of the Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission met at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss workforce development and its role in making Maryland attractive to companies considering relocation.  The commission was founded in March 2014 to focus … Read more »

Send in your nomination for $10,000 Edna Award!

From the Berger-Marks Foundation website —-  Through August 28, 2014 Send in your nomination for $10,000 Edna Award! Edna & Awards of Distinction will go to young women leaders in the social justice movement   Last year’s Edna Award winners, runners-up and judges at an Awards Ceremony with Berger-Marks Board members The Berger-Marks Foundation is … Read more »

IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Addresses American Apprenticeship Industry Roundtable

On Thursday, June 12, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Kenneth Rigmaiden joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at the American Industry Roundtable in Washington, DC. The meeting is part of a month-long series of roundtables around the country to advance apprenticeships as “job-driven strategy to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.”  These … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Hanover, MD — A strong workforce development system is a critical tool for the construction industry as we slowly pull ourselves out from the economic depression we have endured over the past six years. A robust and well-functioning workforce investment and training system is an important component to spark economic recovery and innovation in our … Read more »

FiveThirtyEight: Do Fewer Unions Make Countries More Competitive?

The ongoing argument by foes of organized labor invariably includes the point that unionization in America hurts our competitiveness with other countries when it comes to production.  This is a great article by Nate Silver, a well-known writer and statistician, that presents evidence against that argument.   Silver’s work gained national attention when he correctly … Read more »

Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship: IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden

Kenneth Rigmaiden, general president of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Registered Apprenticeship is good for business’ bottom line and is a proven career path to the middle class for workers. Visit to learn more.

The 22nd Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 10!

From April 2014—As Saturday, May 10, draws ever closer, letter carriers in more than 1,200 branches nationwide are full steam ahead to get ready for the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. “Too many people in this country are still going hungry every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “As letter carriers, we see … Read more »

BCTD Statement: Keystone XL Delay is “Cold, Hard Slap in the Face” to American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, in reaction to the announcement by the US Department of State to further extend the comment period for the review of the Keystone XL pipeline: “The actions by the Obama Administration to further extend the review process … Read more »