Commercial and Industrial Painting

IUPAT General President Williams on State of the Union Address

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on President Obama’s State of the Union Address February 13, 2013 We’re pleased to see that creating jobs was the first priority addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.  We applaud his proposed Fix-It-First and Partnership to Rebuild … Read more »

The New York Times: Workers of the World, Sit Tight

The New York Times covers an interesting case study in labor management relations to keep union jobs: As a union steward, Newcomb feared that unless something changed, the plant would shut down and everyone would lose his job. So in the mid-’90s, his union asked management to attend its High Performance Work Organization Partnership program, … Read more »

Protect American workers from exposure to silica on the job

For about 100 years workers have been dying from exposure to silica on the job. Silica can cause both lung disease (silicosis) and cancer. The government have been talking about regulating exposures ever since the 1940s and sponsored a campaign to prevent silicosis in the 1990s. OSHA has drafted a proposal to reduce silica exposures … Read more »

Herald News: Local painters use Fall River’s Big Mamie as their training ground

FALL RIVER, MA — Masked men are deep inside the Battleship Massachusetts, scraping her skin with steel blades and files. It is a thing of beauty to Kenneth Preble, the man in charge of keeping Big Mamie afloat. “It is just great to get help, plus they know what they are doing,” Preble said. “They get … Read more »

Members of IUPAT DC 9 in NYC Lose Dear Friend and Sister

New York City — IUPAT District Council 9 suffered an unimaginable loss on January 23, 2013 with the passing of our beloved sister, Teri Muroff. For more than 20 years, Teri has been the glue that held us together. Starting in our Health and Safety Department and later serving as the special assistant to two … Read more »

DOL Reports Union Membership on Decline

Wednesday, January 13 – The United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported today that in “2012, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.” The report was released by the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics and details union membership … Read more »

Boots on the Ground Union Volunteers Wrap Up First Phase of Youth Shooting Facility near Nashville

Nashville, TN— Wrapping up a year of beneficial Boots on the Ground conservation projects, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) staff and union volunteers wrapped up the first phase of a youth shooting facility in College Grove, TN to help educate and mentor the next generation of shooting enthusiasts. Looking for a local project with a long term … Read more »

Two Months AFTER the IUPAT Sends Relief to Victims of Superstorm Sandy – Congress FINALLY Passes Legislation to Give Federal Aid

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Has Sent Over $60,000 in Aid Since November January 4, 2013 — The newly sworn in 113th Congress voted to grant aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.  The $9 billion package passed on Friday is believed to be the first installment of what is projected to be full … Read more »

IUPAT Employer Honored by PBNY Connect Magazine

It started with a young Irish immigrant painting fire escapes and dreaming of the future. Though T.  A. Ahern Contracting can now claim credit for improvements on nearly every bridge in the New York City vicinity, its leaders still focus on the dreams of its workers. Read more at PBNY Connect.

Court Dismisses UBC Case Against IUPAT, Building Trades and Labor Leaders

Another Win Against the UBC In December, a U.S. district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) that accused the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President James Williams, Mark Ayers, former president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) and three other labor leaders … Read more »