International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT)

Baltimore area (Hanover), MD

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

IUPAT is an international labor organization with members in all 50 states and throughout Canada.  Currently, the legal department consists of General Counsel Joe Kolick and Deputy General Counsel Jason McGaughy.  During the summer of 2021, the legal department will assist the officers in implementing the numerous policy initiatives adopted at the last IUPAT Convention. Key resolutions require renewed activism and a commitment to diversity.

On a day to day basis, the legal staff advises officers on compliance issues under the IUPAT Constitution and federal law; assists the Organizing Department in its efforts, including supervising litigation against "low road," non-union contractors who violate wage-hour, safety and environmental laws; and assists IUPAT affiliates in negotiating contracts, organizing and providing services to our members.

One important area our PBF Fellow is likely to be assigned would be researching and applying immigration law, as many of our members are impacted by the expiration of the TPS program and the Administration's continuing push to deny our immigrant members their basic rights.  This experience will provide insight into an area of the law that is developing rapidly and will be important to workers, particularly construction workers, for many years to come.

We would prefer a Fellow who is bilingual in English and Spanish.  It is anticipated that our PBF Fellow will spend much of his or her time working with our strategic organizing initiative, which focuses on recruiting members from minority and immigrant communities.  The legal knowledge required runs the gamut.  Therefore, solid research skills are a must because our Fellow will face new issues every day.  We also are looking for a Fellow who can talk directly to workers in a poised, articulate manner.

We hope that we will be back in our offices by the summer of 2021. Currently, virtually all staff are working remotely. We hope to shortly return to the schedule we used throughout the summer and fall of 2020 where about one-third of the staff was in the office each day, with the rest working remotely. Our PBF Fellow will be expected to work the same schedule as other staff, probably a mix of in-person and remote work.

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $8,000.

Address cover letter to:

Joe Kolick, General Counsel
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
7234 Parkway Drive
Hanover, MD