Political Action

The Hill: Senate confirms all five NLRB members

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to clear all five nominees — Harry Johnson III, Philip Miscimarra, Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa and Mark Pearce. Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on the NLRB nominees as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority’s right to filibuster executive branch nominations. Two of the … Read more »

July IUPAT General President’s Bulletin

Distribute this bulletin at your next union meeting.  Download it HERE. Finishing Solutions Network Makes Gains for the IUPAT In March, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurers and other IUPAT leaders were briefed on the Finishing Solutions Network (FSN) at the General President’s Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting, and the initiative has made great strides since then. Formally launched in 2012, … Read more »

WSJ: Approval of Obama, Congress Falls in New Poll

Once again, the public has spoken on how we feel about Washington, DC.   And, once again, we’re not happy about how things are going. From the Wall Street Journal: In the latest poll, Americans of all partisan stripes were also unusually disapproving of their own congressional representatives, with just 32% saying they deserved re-election, … Read more »

New report highlights mounting challenge of aging bridges, ranks states

June 19, 2013 By Transportation for America One in 9 bridges are “structurally deficient” as the average age nears 50 years. And more troubled bridges in our big cities than McDonald’s restaurants nationwide WASHINGTON, D.C. – One in nine of the bridges and overpasses American drivers cross each day is rated in poor enough condition that some … Read more »

WV Gazette: Union gives $5,000 to Reconnecting McDowell

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 in West Virginia recently made a $5,000 to gift to a local to effort to “find solutions to economic and social problems in the Southern West Virginia county [of McDowell].” The American Federation of Teachers is leading efforts to raise money for the group in … Read more »

IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Participates in Real Estate Roundtable

On June 13, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden addressed the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC.  The group consisted of over 200 of the nation’s public and private real estate owners, lenders and managers, as well as leaders of major real estate trade associations.  General President Rigmaiden was one … Read more »

Decisive Victory for Davis-Bacon Act in US House

Last night in the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment was offered by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) to the Military Construction, VA and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would have denied funding for any enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act on U.S. military construction projects.   THE AMENDMENT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY DEFEATED BY A VOTE OF 192-231.   All Democrats present and voting cast “No” votes, … Read more »

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Endorses Braley for U.S. Senate

DES MOINES, IA – On May 23, delegates of District Council 81 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in Iowa voted to endorse Bruce Braley for U.S. Senate. “There is no doubt in our minds that Congressman Braley will carry on Senator Harkin’s legacy of commitment to the middle class,” said … Read more »

Have You Had a look at your House of Representatives Lately?

The New York Times sure did in an article today that paints a pretty bleak picture of the ruling party.  Times columnist Timothy Eagan breaks down the dysfunctional House of Un-Representatives. But just look at how different this Republican House is from the country they are supposed to represent. It’s almost like a parallel government, … Read more »

IUPAT General President Ken Rigmaiden on America’s Work Force Radio – May 1, 2013

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden discusses infrastructure and jobs in this edition.