International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT)

Baltimore area (Hanover), MD

We are pleased to announce that IUPAT is joining our fellowship program in 2019. This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Anthony Ealy from University of Missouri School of Law.

IUPAT is an international labor organization with members in all 50 states and throughout Canada.  Currently, the legal department consists only of the General Counsel, Joe Kolick.  We plan on having a second full-time attorney on staff by the summer of 2019, during which time the legal department will be assisting the officers in preparing for our Quinquennial Convention, at which the IUPAT Consittution will be amended, officers will be elected and policies will be set for the next five years.

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.

In addition, the 32nd General Convention of IUPAT will be held in August 2019.  We look forward to our Fellow assisting with, and learning about, the legislative process of an International Union as the delegates elect new officers, amend the Constitution and set the policy direction for the next five years.  This is a unique opportunity to learn the law governing the internal affairs of labor unions, an important body of knowledge for labor attorneys but an area that many attorneys in private firms have little opportunity to practice.

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.

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