Statement: 2022 State of the Union Address



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Statement: 2022 State of the Union Address

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Jimmy Williams, Jr. issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s State of the Union Address:

“President Biden continued his strong advocacy for the working class tonight during his State of the Union Address. The President’s focus on bread and butter issues for the IUPAT member, such as passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), expanding registered apprenticeship programs, and creating a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program are a breath of fresh air. And our union stands ready from coast to coast to work on projects which are funded by the historic infrastructure package recently signed into law by President Biden, the largest infrastructure bill passed in our nation’s history. His determination to lower inflation, raise working standards, and give every worker the opportunity to join or form a union shows his strong commitment to creating an economy that works for all.

Now is the time for the US Congress to do their job and get these bills to his desk. 

The President is echoing what IUPAT members have known for a long time: when we have an economy that works for working people, our nation thrives.”



Represents a growing community of over 140,000 active and retired craftspeople in the United States and Canada. The IUPAT membership extends far beyond the workplace. Recognized as one of the most active unions in the labor movement, IUPAT members help shape their communities in many ways: through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers’ rights that benefit all working families, and through effective worker education and mobilization.

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