Member News

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 »

IUPAT Local 448 President Gets First Chance at a Mule Deer on Brotherhood Outdoors

Stephen Lefaver, Director of Training for Painters District Council 30’s Joint Apprenticeship & Training Fund (JATF) and president of IUPAT Local 448, credits his first true introduction to the outdoors to spending summers as a boy visiting his aunt and uncle at their lake cabin in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. “Growing up in the … Read more »

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay Joins Union and Non-Profit to Launch New Training Program for City Youth

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Mayor Francis Slay joined leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and Demetrious Johnson of the Demetrious Johnson/Eddie Mae Binion Workforce Center in St. Louis to celebrate the launch of a 14-week course that will train local minority candidates for a successful career in construction.  The … Read more »

BLS Releases Union Stats for U.S. – Good News and Bad News (Mostly Good News)

The overall percentage of union membership rate in the United States was slightly down from 11.3 percent to 11.1 percent according to a news release distributed today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, although the percentage is down, unions actually added 48,000 members last year.  The reason for this perceived contradiction is that, although the amount … Read more »