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We are the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, or IUPAT. We represent men and women in the United States and Canada who work in what are called the Finishing Trades – Industrial & Commercial Painting, Drywall Finishing, Glazing & Glass Work, Sign & Display and Floor Covering Installation, and many more successful careers in the construction industry and public sector.

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Separating from the military without having a job lined up is tough enough. Being stuck there for months or even years is worse. In today’s economy, unemployment not only harms your finances — it can eat away at your confidence, your health, and your relationships with family and friends. But here’s the good news: We’ve got your back.

When you are a part of a union, what you do for a living is more than just a job – it’s a career! As a union member you receive training, benefits and a pension. There’s also an opportunity to earn a college degree in one of our programs as well. The best part is that you have a job while we train you, so you Earn While You Learn!

Although a typical apprenticeship lasts three years, if you have experience in a finishing trade it can be much shorter.

Click on the crafts mentioned below to learn more about some of the careers we offer, or get in contact with a local IUPAT district council.

Still want to learn more? Enjoy this quick video on our trades and the benefits of being a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

Or, if you are ready to join, complete and submit the form below and a local union representative will contact you to begin your training and your new career!

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