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Pivotal IUPAT Leadership Meeting Opens This Week *UPDATED

On Monday, February 10, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President Kenneth Rigmaiden opened the General President Advisory Committee meeting (GPAC).  This annual meeting brings the IUPAT business manager/secretary-treasurers from throughout the United States and Canada together to discuss the current business of our proud union, while charting a course for its … Read more »

USA Today: Obama has a point on skilled trades

Last week, President Obama visited a gas engine facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin to underscore the importance of job training and apprenticeship programs in the country.  He emphasized that a college degree isn’t the only way to achieve a successful career in America. Some of his remarks didn’t sit well in the education world.  USA Today … Read more »

Veterans graduate from IUPAT training program

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is working every day to put our the returning men and women of our armed forces back to work in promising careers in the finishing trades. Recently, a class of veterans graduated from a training program that IUPAT District Council 77 in Georgia conducted.   The Brunswick … Read more »

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Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the State of the Union Speech

The men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) applaud the priorities President Barack Obama set forth in his State of the Union speech last night. The president’s resolve to reduce income inequality in America by streamlining the process for infrastructure and industrial investment, offering domestic manufacturing incentives, boosting apprenticeship … Read more »

2014 State of the Union Address – Full Speech and Links to Coverage

Watch the entire speech below, download the text to the speech HERE, and do some reading about the reaction to President Obama’s address at The New York Times, The Washington Post, POLITICO and Real Clear Politics:

IUPAT in West Virginia Holds Forum for Experts and Media on Tank Corrosion

In response to the recent chemical spill that has (so far) affected hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents, Governor Early Ray Tomblin recently announced new proposed legislation to implement an above ground storage tank regulation program in the state.  Among other actions, the legislation calls for “annual inspections [of tanks] and certifications by professional engineers and … Read more »

DOL: Union Membership Holds Steady

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has issued the following statement regarding the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2013: “Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2013, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.3 percent. Among private-sector employees, the rate was 6.7 … Read more »

The deadline to apply for a Union Plus scholarship is quickly approaching!

There are nine days left for you to submit your application for a Union Plus scholarship, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Applications, including essays and a reference letter, must be submitted by Friday, January 31 at 12pm EST. Union Plus provides $150,000 in scholarships annually to retired or active members who belong to a union … Read more »

Stand Up to ALEC: National Day of Action – January 21, 2014

Stand Up to ALEC: National Day of Action – January 21, 2014 ALEC has been described as a “crypto-lobbying outfit,” a “corporate dating service,” and “the most influential corporate funded political force most Americans have never heard of.” From Stand Your Ground to ‘Right to Work’, ALEC has been on the forefront of the attempted … Read more »