2024 Scholarships Announcement & Deadlines

DC 82 Members in good standing,

You are all encouraged to share these two scholarship opportunities with your children and/or legal dependents. Please download the attached informational forms to begin the application process.

The applications will also be available in the Fall issue of the IUPAT Journal and on IUPAT.org, but we encourage all who apply to get a head start on writing their materials.

The deadline for the IUPAT to receive both scholarship applications is May 29, 2024.

S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship

Frank “Bud” Raftery
IUPAT Member
1935—1986
General President
March 1965—June 1984

At the 25th General Convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 1984 a resolution was passed, creating the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund, to honor his service to the International Union all of his adult life, his accomplishments, and his progressive thinking.

At the 27th General Convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 1994, General President A.L. “Mike” Monroe and the General Executive Board passed a resolution to increase the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund to $20,000, allowing for ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 annually. This was done because of their strong beliefs in the principles for which the Scholarship Fund was created, and the need to continue and enhance the Convention theme of Organizing, Education, and Training, which was designed to bring all of our membership and their families into the strategic planning and operation of our International Union through educational programs.

Sons, daughters, or legal dependents of IUPAT members in good standing, are eligible to apply for scholarships within this fine program.

The selected topic for 2024 is as follows:

2024 Presidential Election: Protecting Our Democracy & Communities.

Many Americans are fearful of a looming recession, continued inflation, federal policy response and the state of our job markets. To add to these fears is political polarization and how it will impact the future of the U.S. during the November 2024 Presidential Election. Our democracy is clearly at stake and Americans are preparing to brace themselves for what will inevitably be an historical Presidential Election this coming November. Labor unions, civil groups and our local governments will need to unite to defend our democratic rights – not only during this pivotal election but into the future.

Understanding the charge of unions, explain how unions protect our democracy and impact our communities. The scholarship awards are contingent upon the student attending a certified college, university, vocational tech./trade school or other such institute of higher learning.

Award winners must enroll in the school of their choice within a year of the award date or forfeit the award.

This year, the scholarship applicant submission deadline date for the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery and A.L. “Mike” Monroe/Ralph D. Williams, III Sports Scholarships is May 29, 2024. Winners of both scholarship awards will be announced in the month of June 2024.

A.L. “Mike” Monroe/Ralph D. Williams, III Sports Scholarship

At the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Convention in 1999, the A. L. “Mike” Monroe and Ralph D. Williams, III, Sports Scholarship was introduced and ratified into the Union’s Constitution. 

This groundbreaking program was created to offer student athletes the opportunity to pursue their athletic ambitions while earning an advanced educational degree at the academic institution of their choosing. 

Despite their athletic talent, neither man had the resources to attend college and instead joined the Union at a young age. This scholarship, named in their honor, gives IUPAT members’ children the chance to attain a higher education. In 1000, words describe why you should receive this award! 

All applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • He/she must be a legal dependent of an IUPAT member in good standing.
  • Supply an official high school transcript. 
  • A complete history of athletic participation and special recognition in high school.
  • Register with the NCAA Clearing House and declare the athletic program in which he/she will be participating.
  • A letter of recommendation must be submitted from the coach or athletic director of the institution the applicant has been accepted and has chosen to attend.
  • A complete record of additional financial aid. 

The award is contingent upon the student enrolling in the school of their choice within one year of the award date or the award is forfeited.

Scholarship applications must be submitted and received by May 29, 2024. Please submit your applications to the IUPAT-A. L. “Mike” Monroe/Ralph D. Williams, III, Sports

Scholarship, 7234 Parkway Drive, Hanover, MD, 21076 or via email to [email protected]. Winners will be announced June 2024.

Holiday wishes & mental health resources from DC 82

Happy Holidays, DC 82 family!

As we gather with loved ones during this festive season, we take a moment to treasure the blessings in our lives and reflect on the principles that bind us together. The staff at DC 82 wishes all of our members a year of peace and prosperity.

The holidays embody gratitude, solidarity, and charity — values that serve as the cornerstone of our union. They serve as a time to acknowledge the strength we derive from standing as one, supporting each other, and setting new goals for advocating for fairness and dignity in our workplaces and communities.

The holiday season isn’t festive for everyone – symptoms of depression, addiction, grief, and more can feel far worse as the nights grow longer and there’s so much social pressure to have a good time and be happy.

Remember, we have each others’ backs.

Call TEAM for mental health support 24/7:
  • Toll-free number: 1-800-634-7710
  • Local numbers: 651-642-0182 & 218-727-8589

You don’t have to deal with it on your own. DC 82 and FTIUM have our Care Team on call 24/7 to help get you through the New Year and all year round.

This year’s Children’s Christmas Fund was a triumph, thanks to DC 82 members helping DC 82 families. We supported 56 families with gift cards, brightened their holiday tables, and brought gifts to 117 kids.

Huge thanks to all who volunteered, especially Jamie Joseph for shopping, packaging, and wrapping so many gifts. Your enthusiasm made a real difference. From Jamie and all of us, a heartfelt thank you to donors and volunteers.

We’d like to acknowledge Wilson-McShane Corporation for helping families in our community this winter. So many of us go through life-changing events and struggle a little extra over the holidays, and we’re proud to have signatory contractors who are willing to lend a hand.

Our union’s values revolve around inclusivity, fairness, and respect for all. Let’s celebrate these shared values during this holiday season, uniting us and empowering our quest for a brighter future for ourselves, our union, and our families.

May your new year be filled with warmth, appreciation, and a reaffirmation of the ideals that make us proud members of DC 82.

In solidarity,

Jeff Stark
Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
IUPAT District Council 82

Happy Thanksgiving from IUPAT DC 82

Dear DC 82 brothers and sisters,

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s a time to appreciate the blessings in our lives and reflect on the values that bind us together. 

Thanksgiving is about gratitude, unity, and solidarity — the same values that form the foundation of our union. It’s a time to recognize the strength we derive from standing together, supporting one another, and advocating for fair treatment and dignity in our workplaces and communities.

Our union values emphasize inclusivity, fairness, and respect for all. They remind us that every worker’s voice matters and that collective action can create positive change. This Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate these values that unite us and empower us to strive for a better tomorrow for ourselves, our union, and our families.

May this holiday be filled with warmth, gratitude, and a reaffirmation of the principles that make us proud DC 82 members.

From all the staff of DC 82, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful and meaningful Thanksgiving.

In solidarity,

Jeff Stark
Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
IUPAT District Council 82

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Happy Holidays!

Dear DC 82 Officers, Reps, & Members,
We have started this year’s Children’s Christmas Fund fundraising!

Can you please help our brothers and sisters of District Council 82?

We accept cash and toys. You can make checks payable to:
Children’s Christmas Fund
District Council 82
3205 Country Drive
Little Canada, MN 55117

For questions, please call or email:
Amanda [email protected]
651-224-5480

If you need help for your children, please make sure you meet the criteria and fill out a request form.

Thank you for the continued support of the District Council 82 Children’s Christmas Fund!

*Please remember all donations are not tax deductible!

DC 82 joined hundreds of workers in the March for Dignity & Respect

March for dignity and respect group photo
March for dignity and respect group photo

In a demonstration of solidarity and advocacy for the rights of construction workers, IUPAT DC 82 joined hosts Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL) and Jewish Community Action in a march and rally with dozens of construction workers, union members, concerned community members, and allies to participate in the March for Dignity and Respect: Nothing Gets Built Without These Hands. 

The march demanded that developers Solhem, Yellow Tree, and United Properties participate in the Building Dignity and Respect (BDR) Program, thereby committing to better working conditions for their construction employees.

Alleged violations by the developers include child labor, threats of deportation, massive wage theft, and unsafe working conditions. The march also educated the community about these challenges faced by construction workers.

We thank the many DC 82 members who showed up to this event ready to support their fellow workers and demand respect and accountability from unscrupulous contractors in the Twin Cities.

Tony McGarvey wins Brooklyn Park City Council Special Election

Tony McGarvey
Tony McGarvey

DC 82’s director of government affairs, Tony McGarvey, is now Brooklyn Park’s newest city council member, promising a fresh wave of worker representation and forward momentum.

Right from the outset of his campaign, Tony showed his constituents that he shows up for them in meaningful ways. He attended local events to truly listen to their concerns and top issues – and to understand what his neighbors needed from their city council.

We need leaders who promote public policies that benefit working people and ordinary families, making sure our rights and safety are protected on the job and in our communities. Leaders of principle, like Tony, understand from first-hand experience the challenges working people face.

Strong unions help our elected leaders focus on the issues that matter to us, like fair pay, good benefits, and a voice on the job.  With corporations looking to increase their bottom line, we need elected leaders who prioritize safeguarding job rights and safety. Their firsthand understanding of workplace challenges ensures they can create fair regulations, promoting equity and empowerment. 

We need working people’s voices to be heard at all levels of government. By supporting these leaders, voters directly influence policies that shape better working conditions and more just communities and societies.

In addition to his strong positions on workers’ rights, McGarvey ran a platform to address affordable housing, the city’s hard water problem, and common-sense upgrades to local transportation.

On Tony’s campaign website, he said,

I am running because Democracy is not a spectator sport. This concept that we all hold dear begins right here at the city level."

Tony received 82 percent of the votes.

A heartfelt congratulations from all of us at DC 82, Brother McGarvey! We look forward to working with you to support working people in Brooklyn Park.

FTIUM: Where we came from, where we’re going

2023 FTIUM Grads
2023 FTIUM Grads

A long time ago, our employer partners and union leadership shared a vision for what the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest could be. They all agreed on a few things: the school would be a place to train the whole worker, from ongoing skills training, to how to work well on a team, to how to live a fulfilling, healthy life in this demanding industry.

With every graduating class, our employer partners and union leadership watch as the next generation of the best-trained workers walk across that stage as apprentices and walk off into their new lives as journey workers; Workers who are continuously empowered to live out their successful careers just as our school’s founders envisioned. We see you, our partners see you, and our lawmakers see you too.

This past spring, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that stated, beginning in 2024, that apprenticeship program graduates must make up at least 30% of the workforce at oil refineries. In 2025, it goes to 40%, 2026, 60%. How does this apply to the finishing trades, you might ask?

The Minnesota Legislature sees workers because we show up and use our voices. Dangerous work must be done with top safety standards. It’s understood that our communities and our workers are relying on schools like ours that train people to safely do their jobs. It’s undeniable that a lack of adequate training can lead to disastrous results. Simply put, having union-trained apprentices and journey workers can be the difference between having a successful project, or having a safety disaster.

So when you think about how you work safely on the job site, I want you to also think about the ripple effect you have. By showing up on that job site every day and performing your work with union excellence and top safety standards, you’re helping to keep workers safe across industries. You’re leading by example, and your example leads to major laws being passed that protect all workers.

What FTIUM’s graduates have managed to achieve by being the best versions of yourselves is beyond what our founders originally envisioned for the school. Because of our graduates, we can look to the future of the finishing trades with so much confidence and hope.

From all the staff of District Council 82, we couldn’t be more proud of our FTIUM graduates. Congratulations once again to the FTI-UM Class of 2023!

Jeff Stark
Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
District Council 82

National Glazing Infrastructure and Workforce Development Forum at DC 82

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Join us!

National Glazing Infrastructure and Workforce Development Forum at DC 82

When: June 20, 2023, 8 AM – 1 PM 
 
Where: IUPAT DC 82
3205 Country Drive
Little Canada, MN 55117
 
  • Vendors & live demonstrations
  • Learn how to max out your Investment Tax Credit by up to 5X with DC 82
  • Meet and exceed prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship requirements
Connect & discuss opportunities brought forth by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

  • Grow your workforce to meet the future demand
  • Learn about the latest industry developments
  • Network with industry leaders

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

IUPAT DC 82/FTIUM HELPING HAND

The only time you should be looking down on a fellow member is when you are picking them up.

Brothers and Sisters,

Since the beginning of the IUPAT Helping Hand effort, District Council 82 has been dedicated to developing new strategies to help members struggling with substance use disorder and mental health issues. This is an ongoing battle for our membership and for those working in the trades.

If you or a loved one needs online or phone assistance, please reach out to DC 82‘s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), TEAM Wellness at Work, directly at 1-800-634-7710, or go to their website, StartWithTEAM.com.

As your Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, I am fully committed to providing helpful resources and education to our members and their families. That’s why we pioneered the FTIUM Care Team – so you can receive the support you need and deserve.

The individuals who make up the FTIUM Care Team are responsive, trained counselors who can help if you’re in a tough mental spot. They can also evaluate your specific situation and refer you to an in-network, qualified provider or an accredited facility. All communication with both the FTIUM Care Team and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­TEAM Wellness at Work is strictly confidential.

There’s strength in talking about our emotions and experiences even though it can feel uncomfortable. Pushing down these tough feelings can make it even harder for us to get on a path to healing and recovery in the long run.

The first step to reducing harm is not being afraid to address it.

We’re here, we care, and we want to help.

Please take advantage of these services. In our union, we’re here to support each other and our families.

In solidarity,

Jeff Stark
BMST
IUPAT DC 82

Women In Construction Week 2023

Chanay Huff Commercial Painter

Chanay Huff

Commercial Painter

When did you realize you wanted to work in construction? 
I realized about two years ago that I was interested in being in construction.

What’s your current job? What does it entail? 

I spent my first 10 months having basically no real knowledge of what I’m doing when it comes to commercial painting, so I started at material running and learning small patches, eventually learning how to spray rooms as well as metal doors and operate new machinery. I also got to be a part of the touch-up crew going around and doing the finishing touches.

When was the last time you can recall feeling brave at work, or conquering a fear? 
My first time operating a sprayer was really nerve-racking. I was shown how to use it, and it was definitely a bit intimidating at first, but after a bit I got the hang of it. It wasn’t so bad

Grecia Palomar

Grecia Palomar

Instructor

What are some of your long-term goals?
My long term goal is to keep growing in my career, as I have great passion for what I do. My wish is to further my education and become a role model for generations to follow.

What advice would you give to a young woman entering the industry? Do you think more young women should consider the trades?
I believe all young ladies should consider a path in the trades. It has become more inclusive, and it’s a place where you gain confidence and find pride in your work. I would advise all my young ladies entering the trades to go for it, to join, to participate, to show up, to grow and to be fearless. I believe that we are all capable of doing the work if we show up and are willing to learn. I say pick up the tools and don’t believe anyone who tells you this is a man’s world, and you don’t belong.

How has being a union member contributed to your professional success? Personal?
Being a union member has helped me obtain certifications and training I would have otherwise never received. I was able to complete and graduate with my apprenticeship which in turn helped me acquire my Associates Degree. I have been able to grow my career within my union and continue my path towards my bachelor’s degree. This union has given me confidence and support allowing me to push forward and offer my two boys a better future on my income alone. My life would not be the same without this career and the opportunities this union has offered. I am so blessed to be a part of something so great.

Hannah Johnson Painter Local 681 Rochester Pompeii Painting

Hannah Johnson

Painter, Local 681 Rochester Pompeii Painting

What is your favorite type of project to work on and why?
My favorite project to work on would probably be spraying and backrolling walls or just spraying anything. I find it fun and relaxing at the same time. 

How has being a union member contributed to your professional success? Personal?
I think being in the union so far has shown me how much we offer and how you can grow as well. Everyone supports everyone in some way. It can be very inspiring.

What do you think is the most important personal quality of someone in this industry?
You have to have a strong work ethic, attitude, and be a good colleague to make the job run smoothly.

Krista Ferris Drywall Finisher Local 386

Krista Ferris

Drywall Finisher, Local 386

How long have you been working in the trades? What were you doing before?
I have been working in Local 386 for 1 year and 4 months. Before, I was in healthcare assisting vulnerable adults who couldn’t do daily activities by themselves because of their disabilities.

Who do you admire?
I admire the amazing woman who brought me into this trade! Her name is Jo Deppa. I have known her since I was 10. Her family and my family grew up together. She is the very reason I’m in the trades today.

I admire her for the woman she is in the union. She stands up for herself and takes pride in her work and gives her best every day! She has been in the union for 28 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work with her for a few companies and the knowledge and advice she has given me while becoming a taper has been helpful in doing my work today. I have learned so much from her and she helped me become a better taper. Not only does she push me and guide me, but she shares her knowledge that she has had throughout her years in the union so I can be great just like her.

One thing I’ve learned so far is that everyone will do the job differently, but if you’re working hard and as a team you’ll be just fine! Jo is my mentor/role-model not only on the job but in my life. We have been through some rough times but she has always been there for me. I admire her leadership, hard work, and the woman she is.

As women in the trades, we already have it hard enough. The stereotypes of being a woman doing the job we do is difficult. We’re judged, looked at differently, or told we can’t do the work. We as women can do anything we set our minds to! As a union member I hope someday I can speak to women of the trades and let them know that no matter your color, race, or beliefs, if you work hard you can do any one of the trades.