Political Action

DC 80: Young Lions & Political Action in Arkansas

District Council 80 – Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi The IUPAT Young Lions program reaches out to our younger members to inspire to them become involved in union activities and education so that they may one day become a leader in this great union. Recently, members of IUPAT DC 80/LU 424 (Little Rock, AR), attended … Read more »

CORE Committee Meets in Indiana

Phase One of the five-year CORE plan (Community Organizing for Real Economics) is nearly complete as numerous district councils now have CORE-inspired programs in place and running.  Local IUPAT organizing and political activists are partnering with community organizations with the goal to increase the membership of organized labor, and bolster the positive public image of … Read more »

Rep. André Carson Receives Endorsement from the IUPAT

Indianapolis, IN – On Tuesday, October 7, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades announced its endorsement of Representative André Carson in his bid to return to Congress and represent the 7th District of Indiana. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades,” said … Read more »

Rep. Davis Receives Endorsement from IUPAT

Overlooking the Mel Price Lock and Dam at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in East Alton, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today received the endorsement of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) for his re-election to Congress. “The help and support from the International Union of Painters & Allied … Read more »

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 »