Political Action

House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to advance the package of trade deals: “The House of Representatives has done the right thing, but the fight isn’t over. This is a significant day.  American workers came together and spoke with one voice about the path their country and … Read more »

UPDATE: Busy Wash DC Bridge Lane Closure Due to Corrosion: Will Lawmakers Think About an Infrastructure Plan as They Sit in Traffic?

It doesn’t take much of an imagination to picture the traffic nightmare that will follow today’s lane closures on the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC.  The 83-year old bridge sees over 60,000 daily crossings of cars and trucks (and let’s not forget limos) between Washington, DC and Virginia.   The six-month scheduled closure is the … Read more »

DOL’s Weil Addresses Labor Leaders at IUPAT Headquarters

As reported by the DOL News Brief Adapting With the Workforce The Wage and Hour Division must adapt its outreach and enforcement strategies to the changing workplace to protect workers’ rights and give employers a fair and level playing field, Administrator Dr. David Weil told those attending the AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurers’ Conference. Weil shared his views … Read more »

IUPAT Leader Participates in White House Upskill Summit

On Friday, April 24, 2015, Terry Nelson, business manager of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 82 of Little Canada, Minnesota, joined 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across the country at this White House summit that is answering President Obama’s recent call to action to … Read more »

Conway-Overly for Kentucky Receives Endorsement of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2015) – Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. Sannie Overly today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) for the Conway-Overly for Kentucky ticket in the 2015 Kentucky governor’s race. “Sannie and I are proud to have the support of the International Union of Painters … 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 »

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 »

Reich: Citizens United After Five Years

Post by Robert Reich.

IUPAT General President Statement on State of the Union Address

Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the State of the Union Address In his address to Congress and America, President Obama outlined a bold plan to fuel the middle class economics of this great nation.  Although the construction industry continues to recover from the recession, working families still need a commitment and action … Read more »

Community Organizing for Real Economics Success

On November 20, President Obama announced that his administration is enacting sweeping immigration reform. It is a momentous first step to prevent the exploitation of millions of undocumented workers who currently suffer wage theft under exploitative contractors throughout the United States. As a labor union that fights this fight on a daily basis, we applaud … Read more »