The International Finishing Trades Institute continues to move forward on its course of providing resources and partnerships to expand on what will ultimately be work opportunities for International Union of Painters and Allied Trades members.
A recent event at the Kenneth E. Rigmaiden International Finishing Trades Institute in July was another step forward on that course.
The inaugural IUPAT Coatings and Glazing Forum launched with great success as the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades welcomed leaders, specialists and contractors from the glazing and industrial painting industries to our Hanover, Maryland campus.
In additional to the training capabilities of the iFTI in our glazing and industrial painting crafts being on display, the day began with continuing education classes presented by Dow, Sherwin Williams, AMMP and Administrative Management Systems.
In the afternoon, IUPAT General President James Williams Jr. discussed the impact this event, and future ones on a local level throughout the United States and Canada show we are more than just a union representing men and women in our crafts – we are leaders in our communities and industries.
Finally, a panel of representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor and other government agencies held a discussion on U.S. initiatives that have an impact on union labor while taking questions from attendees.
More to come in 2022 and 2023.