Milwaukee is one of many places across the U.S. scheduled to benefit from community-improvement work on Saturday from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, as part of the group’s Community Day of Action this weekend.
And although the day of action is planned for Saturday, the IUPAT Local Union 1204 is starting a day early.
At the business park, the roughly 36 workers are busy preparing the glass curtain wall needed for the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons project. Benson Industries of Portland, Ore., and Duwe Metal Products of Menomonee Falls are working together to make the panels at Century City before they are shipped to the construction site downtown.
Joel Allen, business representative at IUPAT District Council No. 7, said the union has also been working with these workers at Century City to find recruits for apprenticeships. This work, he said, will allow them to continue bringing people into the trades even after the curtain wall has been assembled.
Union volunteers will also be painting renovated veterans housing in Madison, holding a cookout in Green Bay for various religious groups and working with the labor Council for Latin American Advancement to put on another event at the Machinists Hall in Milwaukee.
The Community Day of Action is the start of what the union plans to be an annual event, according to a press release from IUPAT. This year, volunteers plan to come together to work on community projects in more than 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada.