Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join a union?

When you are part of a union, you gain a stronger voice in the workplace. What's more, union jobs generally pay higher wages than non-union. The IUPAT has a history of fighting for working people.

What about benefits?

Pensions, medical insurance, and overtime premiums are part of the benefits of working as a union member. In fact, they often don't exist without a union contract. You also gain access to training programs that make career advancement possible. 

How do I become a union member?

There are many ways to become a union member and there are many advantages as well. If you've never worked in the finishing trades, you would begin with an apprenticeship with training at the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest. You'll earn-while-you-learn and build your skill set through a combination of classroom and hands-on training at job sites. If you are currently working in the trades, but don't have the advantage of being a union member, contact the Organizing Department and talk to an organizer about joining.

Who does IUPAT District Council 82 represent?

We represent Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glass Workers, Sign Installers, Convention Workers, Silk Screen, Paint Makers, and Embroidery Workers.

I'm a contractor and want the advantages of hiring union workers. How do I become a union contractor?

As a union contractor you'll have access to a skilled labor pool, a flexible work force, and your employees in the field will have access to our training. These three advantages combined with our recruitment and project support will give you the advantage you need to stay ahead in our industries. Statistics show that a union trained workforce work safer, work smarter, and ultimately will save you money where you need it most. We consider the contractors that hire our members partners in the industry. Ultimately, if you're not successful, neither are our members. If you have questions about becoming a union contractor or how being a union contractor will benefit your business, please contact our organizing department.

I'm a member. How can I help the union grow?

Our members are active in their communities. From volunteering their professional talents to coaching the local youth baseball team, our members know what it means to put in a hard days work and give back where our communities need it. Currently we are working on our Volunteer Activist Committee, which will enhance our Business Manager's vision and compliment our organizing and political strategies. There are many ways you can help your union grow and become stronger. Please contact the Director of Organizing for opportunities.