International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
HeadquartersHanover, MD
  • United States, Canada
103,858 (2014)[1]
Key people
Jimmy Williams Jr., General President

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) is a trade union representing about 100,000 painters, glaziers, wall coverers, flooring installers, convention and trade show decorators, glassworkers, sign and display workers, asbestos worker/hazmat technician and drywall finishers in the United States and Canada.[2] Most of its members work in the construction industry. The union's headquarters are located in Hanover, MD.

District Council 9, New York
IUPAT presence in support of Jon Corzine at a rally during the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial race.

Originally called the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America, the union was first formed in 1887.[3] The union changed its name to International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades in January 1970.

Local unions belong to district councils. District councils perform most of the services of the union. IUPAT is affiliated with the AFL–CIO in the U.S.

Electoral politics

The Painters was one of three unions (SEIU and AFSCME were the others) to endorse Howard Dean during the 2004 Democratic primaries.[4] In a surprise move in 2008, IUPAT endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.[5] The union had endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, and endorsed Barack Obama for president in June 2008.[6] They endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary.[7]



1887: Joseph Harrold[8]
1888: George A. Thompson[8]
1892: Joseph W. McKinney[8]
1894: John M. Welter[8]
1894: James H. Sullivan[8]
1896: Michael P. Carrick[8]
1897: Robert H. Siekmann[8]
1898: Frederick J. Kneeland[8]
1899: William DeVaux[8]
1901: Joseph C. Balhorn[8]
1909: George F. Hendrick[8]
1928: John M. Finan[8]
1929: Lawrence P. Lindelof[8]
1951: Lawrence M. Raftery[8]
1965: Bud Raftery[8]
1984: William A. Duval
1992: A. L. Monroe
1998: Michael E. Monroe
2003: James A. Williams Sr.
2013: Ken Rigmaiden
2021: James A. Williams Jr.


1887: John T. Elliot
1896: Joseph W. McKinney
1897: John Barrett
1899: W. C. Rese
1899: Frank Hognan
1900: W. T. Cornelly
1901: Michael P. Carrick
1904: Joseph C. Skemp
1922: Charles J. Lammert
1927: Clarence E. Swick
1942: Lawrence M. Raftery
1952: William H. Rohrberg
1966: O. T. Satre
1972: Michael DiSilvestro
1976: Robert Petersdorf
1987: A. L. Monroe
1992: Walter G. Raftery
1995: James A. Williams Sr.
2003: George Galis
2021: Greg Smith

See also


  1. ^ US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-035. (Search) Report submitted 26 March 2014.
  2. ^ "About Us." International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed April 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "About Us: Our History." International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed April 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi. "Major Union Plans to Pull Its Support For Dean." New York Times. February 8, 2004; Slackman, Michael. "Labor Leaders Add Their Heft to Dean Rallies." New York Times. November 23, 2003.
  5. ^ "Mike Huckabee Wins IUPAT Membership Poll on Republican Candidates While Campaigning in Michigan." Press release. Huckabee For President. January 12, 2008. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  6. ^ Michaels, Seth. "IUPAT Endorses Obama." AFL-CIO Now Blog. June 20, 2008. Archived October 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Accessed August 2, 2008.
  7. ^ "Clinton, riding momentum from debate, wins union backing and accuses Republicans of targeting immigrants". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Notable Names in American History. Clifton, New Jersey: James T. White & Company. 1973. p. 558. ISBN 0883710021.

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