Our Union's History
The Painters and Allied Trade Union of Philadelphia consolidated in 1998 from the Drywall Finishers Local 1955, Glaziers Local 252 and the Wallcoverers Unions. Our merger has allowed us to provide a stronger more effective team and to work collectively to benefit our members. The Apprenticeship program we offer is recognized by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
Journeyperson graduates from the apprentice program have helped build and revitalize center city from projects like the convention center to the Kimmmel center to Large industrial sites like maintenance and painting of area bridges. Our future here at the Memorial Training Center is full of promise. With education and labor the of the Paint and Allied Trades worker in Philadelphia will be strong for years to come. 
IUPAT History
Our union, like many modern labor unions, was founded in the 19th century. It was born out of a desire to set standards for uniform compensation in the trades, as well as to provide a community for workers to share ideas and solve problems.

The precursor to our union, the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America, was organized formally in 1887. Within a year, the union boasted a membership of over 7,000 tradesmen and more than 100 local unions.

These trade unionists soon realized the power that they had together, rather than staying separate and facing their problems alone. Dedicated organizers, backed by a growing centralized union, won victories over oppressive working conditions that were once thought unchangeable. Attempting to whittle down the long hours and daily grind, the union won a half-holiday on Saturday for most of its members. By the end of World War I, the Painters' union successfully established the eight-hour day and a five-day work week. That was 1918.

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