April 20, 2016
By Jerry Smith, LaborPress USA
Hanover, MD – On Saturday, April 16, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) members across the United States and Canada worked on projects to better their communities as a part of their annual IUPAT Community Day of Action
Although the IUPAT has a long tradition of community service, the goal of the Community Day of Action was to come together as one union, on one day, to make a difference in the many communities in which IUPAT members live and work. The result was a great success as thousands of volunteers renovated shelters, community centers, youth athletic fields, and low income housing, and spearheaded food drives across North America. IUPAT groups also held educational forums on immigration, and workers' rights on the job regarding wages and benefits.
"April 16th was a great day," said IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden in Baltimore after lending a hand in cleaning and painting in a local neighborhood. "I was proud to see and hear about IUPAT and community volunteers coming together and working as one across the United States and Canada to make a difference in our communities. There's more work to be done, but I think we've made it clear that we are up to the task, and we are looking forward to being an agent of change within our communities."