April 28, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Across, NY – As many as 100 Members from International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 4 participated in an array of community projects on Saturday (April 23rd) in the New York State Cities of Buffalo, Batavia, Rochester, Ithaca, Syracuse and Oswego, as part of the IUPAT’s Community Day of Action, which saw more than 1,000 IUPAT Members across the United States and Canada put their hearts and skills to work for their neighbors during the National Union’s second annual giving back effort.
With materials donated by IUPAT’s industry partners and IUPAT individual District Councils, the Union Volunteers teamed up with a variety of community partners to paint, replace windows and clean up the grounds of churches, schools and community centers.
The IUPAT – whose volunteers also worked with a number of organizations to collect food, and to cook for and feed those in need – “showed the world” its Members are more than advocates for fair wages, rights and benefits on the job, the Union said in a statement posted on its web site – “They are ‘good neighbors who have a long tradition of building up’ their communities.”
IUPAT’s 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, IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden (Pictured Below, in the Middle) said.