On Thursday, leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in the Central Region kicked off a three-day meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the many topics to be discussed is a report on the progress we’ve made so far in our ambitious organizing efforts set at our 2014 General Convention, as well as the plan for political action we have ahead to put Hillary Clinton in office as our next president.
“We know our goal,” General Vice President Harry Zell told a group before the meeting this week. “We have signed many new contractors, many new apprentices and members, but we must continue to focus on organizing and expanding our market share to create new jobs for the IUPAT.
“Each of us here is a leader and I am asking you to prepare yourself for the discussions we will have this week, think about the tools available to you to grow our union, and work every day to help those you represent.
“If each of you take the tried and tested tools available to you to implement at the local level, as One Union, no one can beat us. We are the best of the best in all of the industries we represent.”
Check back for more news and pictures from the IUPAT Central Region Conference, as well as for news on the upcoming Eastern and Western Region conferences.