Labor Union

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

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Website:

www.iupat.org

Location:

HANOVER, MD

Tax ID:

35-0198600

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(5)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $48,962,466
Expenses: $55,653,424
Assets: $85,127,331

Formation:

1887

General President:

James A. Williams Jr.

AFL-CIO

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) is a labor union representing North American workers in the finishing trades such as painters, drywall finishers, wall coverers, glaziers, glass workers, and sign makers. [1] As of August 2022, it claimed to represent more than 160,000 members both active and retired. IUPAT engages in left-leaning political activism and advocacy in addition to securing benefits for its members. [2]

Background

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades was founded as the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America in 1887. A year later it was operating as a centralized union with 100 local unions and more than 7,000 members. [3]

In January 1970, the union was renamed the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades. In 1999, then-general president Michael Monroe announced the union’s decision to rename itself the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to reflect its “growing female membership.” [4]

Activities

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades runs an initiative called Community Organizing for Real Economics, an advocacy platform for left-of-center economic causes such as the “fight to maintain affordable housing in urban development,” “end income inequality and its effect on our industries and communities,” “protect the environment,” and “fight[ing] discrimination and promot[ing] civil and human rights.” [5]

Through its education department, called the Finishing Trades Institute International (iFTI), IUPAT hosts classes to “reach the youth” and inform them that the union offers an “accredited apprenticeship program and an associate’s degree” while working in the industry. In August 2022, IUPAT chapters were hosting classes in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Merrillville, Indiana, and Evansville, Indiana. [6] iFTI’s stated purpose is to “develop and expand” the finish trades workforce and “oversee the apprenticeship training programs” in North America. [7]

Politics and Advocacy

Political Action Committees

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has two political action committees: IUPAT Political Action Together and Political Action Together Legislative Educational Fund. In 2018, IUPAT distributed $2,997,300 to the former and $1,901,238 to the latter. [8] It fundraises for its Political Action Together PAC through progressive digital fundraising tool ActBlue. [9] It describes its political activity as directed against “corporate opponents” that seek to “diminish our right to fair wages and benefits.” [10]

IUPAT has forms on its website to help its supporters register to vote (with a picture of a “Hillary 2016” sign featured on the page). [11] In a different article, IUPAT claimed that 10 states had “restrictive voting laws” in the 2016 election designed to prevent people from voting, and argued that voter fraud is “mostly a myth,” citing a Washington Post article. [12]

IUPAT has an article dedicated to the fight against wage theft, which it calls a “major problems in the United States.” The article cites several statistics on wage theft, singling out Latino-Americans as the most highly affected identity group, from a study conducted by researchers at the National Employment Law Project, the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. IUPAT states that it voluntarily represents workers that have experienced wage theft by collecting money toward their attorney fees and connecting them with its representatives and community partners. The union encourages people who are or know someone who has been a victim of wage theft to contact its offices for support. [13]

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

In August 2021, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades released a statement arguing that the labor movement should “lead by example” in agreeing to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, at a time when most unions were negotiating vaccine requirements at the bargaining table. IUPAT general president James A. Williams Jr. said, “We feel COVID is a true health and safety risk on the job site” and that “if employers mandate it, we want to be supportive.” He further added that the union would be “crazy” to not have its workforce vaccinated. [14]  Cohen, Rachel M. “Building Trades Union Imposes Vaccine Mandate on Itself.” The American Prospect. August 25, 2021. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://prospect.org/labor/building-trades-union-imposes-vaccine-mandate-on-itself/.[/note]

Support for President Joe Biden

On March 3, 2022, a statement from Williams was included in a White House round-up of positive statements following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. Williams praised Biden for his “strong advocacy for the working class” and his support for the PRO Act and government infrastructure projects. [15]

Funding

According to filings with the IRS, in 2018, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades had a total revenue of $45,097,897, total expenses of $43,517,483, and net assets of $85,017,320. [16]

IUPAT reported spending at least $1.5 million on hotel and conference services in 2018, according to tax filings: $852,526 was spent at the Omni Orlando Resort in Championsgate, Florida, and $673,580 at the Marriott International in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. [17] [18]

Leadership

As of August 2022, the IUPAT is led by general president James A. Williams Jr., who was elected to the position in August 2021. [19] Regional general vice presidents included Paul Canning of the “Eastern Region,” Mike Gutierrez of the “Western Region,” Charlie Meadows of the “Central Region,” and Robert Kucheran representing Canada. [20] Former general presidents retaining emeritus roles include Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, James A. Williams, and A.L. “Mike” Monroe. [21] According to IUPAT’s tax filings from 2018, Rigmaiden as general president made $387,876. [22]

References

  1. “About the Union.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/about-the-union/. ^
  2. “About the Union.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/about-the-union/ ^
  3. “Our History.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/our-history/. ^
  4. “Our History.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/our-history/. ^
  5. “Community Outreach.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/community-outreach/. ^
  6. “Home.” IFTI.edu. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://ifti.edu/. ^
  7. “About FTI.” IFTI.edu. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://ifti.edu/about-fti/. ^
  8. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Schedule C. Part I-C. ^
  9. [1] “Donate to IUPAT Political Action Together PC.” ActBlue.com. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/iupat-political-action-together-pc-1. ^
  10. “Issues & Campaigns – Political Action.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/issues-campaigns/political-action/. ^
  11. “Register to Vote Here!” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/campaigns/register-to-vote-here/. ^
  12. “Fight Voter Suppression Laws.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/campaigns/fight-voter-suppression-laws/. ^
  13. “The Fight Against Wage Theft.” IUPAT.org. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/campaigns/the-fight-against-wage-theft/ ^
  14. Cohen, Rachel M. “Building Trades Union Imposes Vaccine Mandate on Itself.” The American Prospect. August 25, 2021. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://prospect.org/labor/building-trades-union-imposes-vaccine-mandate-on-itself/. ^
  15. “Wide Range of Constituencies Applaud President Biden’s State of the Union Address.” WhiteHouse.gov. March 3, 2022. Accessed August 7, 2022. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/03/wide-range-of-constituencies-applaud-president-bidens-state-of-the-union-address/ ^
  16. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. 2018. Part I. Line 12, 18, 22. ^
  17. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. 2018. Part VIII. Section B. Independent Contractors. ^
  18. “All Resort Amenities.” OmniHotels.com – Orlando Championsgate. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/orlando-championsgate#modal-amenities-modal. ^
  19. “James A. Williams, Jr. – General President.” International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/union-leadership/james-a-williams-jr-general-president/. ^
  20. “Union Leadership.” International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/union-leadership/. ^
  21. “Union Leadership.” International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed August 5, 2022. https://www.iupat.org/about-us/union-leadership/. ^
  22. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. 2018. Part VIII. Section A. 1a. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Kenneth Rigmaiden
    General President

Donation Recipients

  1. Rock the Vote (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1941

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Dec Form 990 $48,962,466 $55,653,424 $85,127,331 $3,574,721 Y $8,039,494 $37,979,775 $2,184,104 $3,137,836
    2018 Dec Form 990 $45,097,897 $43,517,483 $88,267,194 $3,249,874 Y $7,812,964 $35,657,867 $2,249,385 $3,057,116 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $45,458,890 $41,012,750 $88,302,070 $3,163,505 Y $7,911,854 $35,140,063 $2,038,467 $2,989,469 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $43,219,334 $39,077,064 $82,346,246 $2,977,080 Y $7,081,995 $33,978,123 $1,977,109 $2,938,848 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $40,877,680 $37,079,808 $77,563,851 $3,389,064 Y $6,973,247 $31,307,325 $1,569,186 $2,983,863 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $39,550,570 $43,024,671 $74,991,569 $3,586,009 Y $6,505,086 $31,025,732 $1,134,365 $2,842,135 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $37,450,031 $36,789,996 $78,065,987 $3,321,575 Y $6,492,164 $29,081,256 $1,136,787 $2,898,362 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $37,623,300 $38,708,194 $78,329,074 $4,590,589 Y $7,104,477 $28,468,415 $793,935 $2,697,013 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $38,484,687 $38,039,542 $77,380,764 $2,849,480 Y $6,999,892 $29,429,168 $792,346 $2,631,124 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

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