Oct 20, 2008
The IUPAT Is On A Roll In Florida For The Obama/Biden Ticket!
Washington, DC -- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
(IUPAT) General President James Williams and union staff will be
traveling the country to meet with local labor leaders and union
members to rally support for Democratic presidential nominee Barack
As part of the IUPAT’s “It’s About Us!” campaign, Mr. Williams and his
staff will travel by bus to cities throughout Florida, and then will
fly to the nation’s most hotly contested battleground states, including
Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“This election is the most critical since the Great Depression to the
future of working Americans,” Mr. Williams said. “The IUPAT has always
been one of the most politically active unions in this country, so
we’re hitting the road to visit with working families to get them
excited about this election and show them how important their vote is
The IUPAT’s bus, painted black and gold – the union’s official colors
–will be making stops in cities throughout Florida, including a kick
off rally in Jacksonville on Monday, October 20. A rally will also be
held on October 31 in Tampa Bay, outside Obama’s Florida campaign
IUPAT leaders will also visit Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Miami, Lansing,
Toledo and Cleveland, as well as Pittsburgh and Scranton, finishing the
tour in Philadelphia on Election night.
Williams is available to the media to offer his insight and opinion on
what this election means for working families and the country. Members
of the press are also invited to join the IUPAT bus while it travels
Dubbed the 'Army of Black and Gold' by members of the media in 2000,
the IUPAT endorsed Senator Obama in June of this year and is recognized
as one of the most politically active unions within the labor movement.
The IUPAT represents more than 160,000 active and retired IUPAT members
in North America. Its members are painters, glaziers, floor coverers
and drywall finishers, among other construction trades.