International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

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IUPAT
IUPAT logo.png
Full name International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Founded 1887
Members >100,000 active and retired members
Affiliation AFL-CIO
Key people Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President
Office location Hanover, MD
Country United States, Canada
Website www.iupat.org

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) is a union representing about 100,000 painters, glaziers, wall coverers, flooring installers, convention and trade show decorators, glassworkers, sign and display workers, asbestos worker/hazmat technician and drywall finishers in the United States and Canada.[1] Most of its members work in the construction industry.

District Council 9, New York
IUPAT presence in support of Jon Corzine at a rally during the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial race.

Originally called the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America, the union was first formed in 1887.[2] Local unions belong to district councils. District councils perform most of the services of the union. IUPAT is affiliated with the AFL-CIO in the U.S.

The Painters was one of three unions (SEIU and AFSCME were the others) to endorse Howard Dean during the 2004 Democratic primaries.[3] In a surprise move in 2008, IUPAT endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.[4] The union had endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, and endorsed Barack Obama for president in June 2008.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us." International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. No date. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  2. ^ "About Us: Our History." International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. No date. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi. "Major Union Plans to Pull Its Support For Dean." New York Times. February 8, 2004; Slackman, Michael. "Labor Leaders Add Their Heft to Dean Rallies." New York Times. November 23, 2003.
  4. ^ "Mike Huckabee Wins IUPAT Membership Poll on Republican Candidates While Campaigning in Michigan." Press release. Huckabee For President. January 12, 2008. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Michaels, Seth. "IUPAT Endorses Obama." AFL-CIO Now Blog. June 20, 2008. Accessed August 2, 2008.

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