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IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

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Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Is a World-Class Training Program for America's Best and Brightest

On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military members from the new Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program (PAT-VP).

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Union Veterans, Members Clean Vietnam Veterans Memorial

AFGE photo

In the early hours of Aug. 3, the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council organized a group of national union leaders and activists to participate in the washing of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. As the sun rose over the Three Service Members Statue, volunteers received a welcome from the Vietnam Veterans of America, saluted the memorial and observed a moment of silence.

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IUPAT Facebook Campaign Raises Money for Children with Cerebral Palsy

“Being in a union is more than just looking out for us, we have to look out for the communities not only where we work, but where we live,” says Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President Kenneth Rigmaiden.

Last fall, IUPAT kicked off a campaign that would donate a dollar for each new “Like” for its foundation’s Facebook page. IUPAT’s foundation, Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope (PATCH), presented a check for $10,000 to United Cerebral Palsy earlier this year.

This story originally appeared on the AFL-CIO's @Work website. Read more stories about community here

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Black Workers 19% More Likely to Be in Unions

Davon Lomax, member of IUPAT.

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said that in 1965, and African Americans still hear his quote ring.

A new report, Blacks in Unions: 2012, by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education, finds that black workers are 19% more likely to be in unions than non-black workers. In the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas, African Americans are 42% more likely than non-blacks to be in unions.

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Working Families Rally to Oppose Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Photo by Kenneth Quinnell.

More than 1,500 people rallied Tuesday on Capitol Hill in support of working families and to tell Congress not to make any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They also told Congress to close tax loopholes for big corporations and the wealthiest 2% and to prevent the sequester from going into effect and harming the country. Throughout the rally, working families spoke with a unified voice calling for "jobs, not cuts."

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California Coalition Supports Path to Citizenship and Effort to Keep Families Together

Maria Elena Durazo, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor executive secretary-treasurer

Christian Torres worked as a cook in the Pomona College dining hall for more than six years. Torres and 16 of his co-workers were fired from Pomona College for not re-verifying their work eligibility after the college asked for documents, which were requested while he was leading an effort to organize to form a union. Torres and his brother came to the United States while still teenagers to join their mother and father who were already in the U.S. He supports the movement to create a common-sense immigration process. Although Torres was fired from Pomona, he continues to support his co-workers in their struggle for better working conditions at the college. 

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Unions Continue to Help Out Working Families Hit Hard by Sandy

While John Boehner and his allies in the U.S. House of Representatives play politics with aid to families whose lives were shattered by Superstorm Sandy, numerous unions have stepped up to provide money and supplies to those in need. Here are a few examples of how unions are helping families recover from the storm's devastation.

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Nebraska Union Volunteers Ring the Salvation Army Bells

Union Volunteers Ring the Salvation Army Bells

In Omaha, Neb., painters volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bells. 

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IUPAT Foundation Partners with United Cerebral Palsy's My Child Without Limits

The Painters and Allied Trades for Children's Hope Foundation (PATCH) has announced a new partnership with United Cerebral Palsy's My Child Without Limits. 

For every new "like" on the PATCH Facebook page ( or new follower on Twitter (, PATCH will donate $1 to UCP's My Child Without Limits. 

To learn more about PATCH, please visit

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