April 30, 2017
By Stephanie West
Hanover, MD – On Saturday, April 22, over 2,000 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) members across the United States and Canada put their hearts and skills to work for their neighbors to honor the union’s second annual IUPAT Community Day of Action.
With materials donated by the IUPAT, union employers and industry partners, volunteers teamed with community groups to paint, replace the windows of and clean up the grounds of churches, schools and community centers across North America. IUPAT volunteers also worked with a number of organizations to collect food, and to cook for and feed those in need.
The goal of the Community Day of Action is to show the world that the members of the IUPAT and the rest of the labor movement are more than advocates for fair wages, rights and benefits on the job. They are good neighbors who have a long tradition of building up their communities. The IUPAT Community Day of Action is yet one more example of how organized labor is a positive force for working families – both union and non-union.
“It is our hope that the work we have done today, coast to coast in the United States and Canada, will inspire others to do their part for our communities,” said IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden. “I’m proud of our members who have dedicated their time, their skills and their hearts to such worthy causes, and I truly believe that we made a difference. It shows just how much a united group of volunteers can accomplish in one day. My thanks to our community partners for helping us make our second annual Community Day of Action a success.”