We are members of District Council 82 of the Int'l Union of Painters and Allied Trades. We are made up of those working in Painting, Taping, Glazing, Sign Erection, and Trade Show Industries. We have been here in the midwest for 130 years.

Our staff and officers are made up of Tradesmen and women who have been elected out of and by our membership, or members appointed by an elected official as mandated by our Constitution. WE ARE NOT HIRED SALESPEOPLE.


We understand that in the past, Unions have been associated with protecting the idle and even limiting production....that may have been the case.

However, today's Union fully understands that it is essential to concern ourselves with our employer's success!

To Increase our member's value to their employers we have intensified our efforts to build a state-of-the-art training facility. The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest www.ftium.edu is an accredited program that gives our members the training and skills our industry demands. Graduates of the Apprenticeship program will soon have the ability to earn an Associate Degree. By taking advantage of this training our members have multiple opportunities to advance their careers, from project manager to estimator to even owning your own company.

You owe it to yourself.

How to Organize

Dignity. Having a voice. Workplace safety. There are a variety of reasons workers organize to join or form a union. Are you tired of being paid less than you deserve? As a member of the IUPAT, you'll build the skills that earn you better wages, benefits, and respect in the workplace.

Joining a Union Shop

If you've been working in the trades, but haven't had the advantage of being a union member, now's the time to start making the most of your skills and hard work.

New to the Trades

Need skills? No problem. If you've never worked in the finishing trades, you'll find the union offers earn-while-you-learn apprenticeships and friendly people to help you every step of the way.