"Single-handed we can accomplish nothing, but united there is no power of wrong we cannot openly defy."
-- John T. "Jack" Elliott, union founder
At the time the union was formally organized in 1887, individuals thought that oppressive work conditions were unchangeable. Then they discovered the power of working together.
Over a century of success.
Our union has made a difference in the lives of generations of workers in the finishing trades, thanks to a proud legacy of building career paths that lead to better wages, benefits, and working conditions.
District Council 82 brings together members in local unions, or affiliates, to create a stronger voice for workers in the finishing trades. Our council is made up of 10 local unions covering western Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.
For the convenience of our members, other interested parties and workers who may wish to consider joining our labor organization, the General Constitution has been published in an English, French version and a Spanish version.