Government Affairs Committee Meeting

On February 18-19, 2015 members of the IUPAT’s Government Affairs staff met for a debrief of the 2014 election cycle. In addition to discussing the results of the election, they discussed the importance of mobilizing the membership during the election cycle. The staff is in unanimous agreement that participation needs to increase among the membership … Read more »

IUPAT Local 448 President Gets First Chance at a Mule Deer on Brotherhood Outdoors

Stephen Lefaver, Director of Training for Painters District Council 30’s Joint Apprenticeship & Training Fund (JATF) and president of IUPAT Local 448, credits his first true introduction to the outdoors to spending summers as a boy visiting his aunt and uncle at their lake cabin in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. “Growing up in the … 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 »

BLS Releases Union Stats for U.S. – Good News and Bad News (Mostly Good News)

The overall percentage of union membership rate in the United States was slightly down from 11.3 percent to 11.1 percent according to a news release distributed today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, although the percentage is down, unions actually added 48,000 members last year.  The reason for this perceived contradiction is that, although the amount … 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 »

President Obama’s SOTU in Three Minutes

Brotherhood Outdoors Season 7 is Here!

Get ready for another action-packed season of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s union-dedicated TV show, Brotherhood Outdoors, exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

IUPAT Members Raise Funds for Toys for Tots in South Carolina

Members of District Council 77/Local Union 1756 in Aiken, South Carolina raised $1,800 for the local Toys for Tots program, and were part of a campaign that gave over 15,000 toys to local area youth as well.  Congratulations to IUPAT member Julie Kirby, a sign foreman for LU 1756, on this highly successful campaign!

The USA and Carhartt Want to Help You Rock it Out at the 2015 CMA Music Festival

With songs about working with your hands, pickup trucks, hunting and, of course, fishin’ in the dark, it’s no surprise that so many union members who love the outdoors also love country music.  In fact, the newly released music video for “Drinking Class” by country music artist Lee Brice features a hardworking union member proudly … Read more »