Our history

"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 Staff

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.

Local Unions

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.


As a member of IUPAT District Council 82, you'll have the opportunity to earn better wages and build the skills that help you advance your career.


Learn more about why you should join a union, benefits, becoming a union member and much more!


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.