Political Action

IUPAT Endorses Braley for Senate in Iowa

On Friday, October 3, 2004, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) endorsed Congressman Bruce Braley to be the next senator of the great state of Iowa.   “Congressman Braley’s visit to this project today, in addition to his consistent voting record on fair wages for construction workers, makes it clear that he … Read more »

Rep. Gibson Endorsed by International Union of Painters & Allied Trades in NY

Fort Plain, NY — Congressman Chris Gibson received another endorsement from the labor community when he was endorsed by the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) today.  The endorsement was announced at an IUPAT job site located at the lock and dam in Ft. Plain on the Mohawk River.  Congressman Gibson toured the … Read more »

EPI – Wages for the Vast Majority of Workers Stay Flat in 2014

American workers have seen little to no real wage growth in the past three-and-a-half decades, and 2014 is no different, according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute’s Raising America’s Pay initiative. In Why America’s Workers Need Faster Wage Growth—And What We Can Do About It, economist Elise Gould finds that real (inflation adjusted) hourly wages … 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 »

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 www.doleta.gov/oa to learn 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 »

Transitioning Army Members Graduate from New Construction Training Program in Seattle

Ceremony Marks the Official Launch of the Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Seattle, Washington — On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military … Read more »

CEOs Paid 331 Times Average Worker, 774 Times Minimum Wage Worker

2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy Washington, April 15, 2014 – While Congress has left for recess failing to fully address economic issues from the minimum wage to unemployment insurance and equal pay, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka unveiled the 2014 Executive PayWatch today. According to its data, U.S. CEOs – … Read more »