International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT)

Baltimore area (Hanover), MD

This is the 2022 fellowship description for this mentor organization.This position has been filled.

IUPAT is an international labor organization with members in all 50 states and throughout Canada. In 2022, current General Counsel Joe Kolick will assume a part-time status and Marty Milz will become General Counsel. Our 2021 Peggy Browning Fellow, Collin Clibon is also on staff as a law clerk while completing his studies as a 3L at Georgetown University Law center. Joe looks forward to serving as a mentor to an aspiring union side labor lawyer.

During the summer of 2022, the legal department will assist the officers in implementing the aggressive organizing agenda of the new team of officers who took the helm in late 2021. A key aspect of this program will be outreach to diverse workers employed in the industries within IUPAT’s jurisdiction.

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 and their family members are recent immigrants. In addition, many other immigrants work in our industries for unfair wages and no benefits. IUPAT has an aggressive program to seek fair and safe working conditions, and a path to citizenship for these workers. 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 their 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 expect to be working from our offices in Hanover and a satellite office in the District of Columbia. All staff are now fully vaccinated against COVID in accordance with our mandatory vaccination policy for staff, visitors to our offices and attendees at any function sponsored by IUPAT. Our PBF Fellow will be expected to be fully vaccinated and to work from one of our offices.

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