February 18, 2013 – Visiting with fellow members at local union meetings across the United States and Canada is one Jim Williams’ favorite duties as general president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). “Answering questions and hopefully putting some members’ minds at ease about job worries, our union and the labor movement is something I can’t do from my office back at the International,” says Williams about his visits. “There’s just nothing like being at a union meeting.”
This weekend brought General President Williams to Aiken, South Carolina for a meeting with the proud members of District Council 77/Local Union 1756. Unfortunately, local union meetings in any council sometimes draw only a small attendance even though vital matters concerning members and their union are discussed. However, this weekend, the members of Local Union 1756 set a high standard for the rest of the IUPAT to meet by having over a third of their local union membership attend the meeting.
“It was an honor to have him at our meeting, and our members really appreciated him being there to see them,” said Hill.
Learn more about District Council 77 HERE.