The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents men and women who work in what are called the Finishing Trades – Commercial Painting (offices, hotels and homes), Industrial Painting (factories, ships and bridges), glazing and glasswork, drywall finishing and sign and display. Those are just a few of the over 30 crafts we represent throughout the United States and Canada.
Drywall finishers, also known as tapers, start their jobs after drywall installation. Finishers tape and apply joint compound to prepare walls for painting, wall covering or other finishes.Learn More
Floor covering professionals install carpeting, sheet vinyl flooring, tile and laminate and hardwood floors. Their work adds the finishing touches to both homes and commercial buildings like high-rise offices, hotels and hospitals.Learn More
Glaziers install and repair windows, mirrors, architectural aluminum windows and door framing, shower/bath enclosures, automatic doors, plastics and exterior panels. They’re the men and women who give those towering glass skyscrapers their shine!
Glassworkers fabricate aluminum doors and windows, insulated glass units, show doors, mirrors and glass tabletops.
These workers operate and maintain high pressure water blasting equipment and industrial vacuuming equipment to perform the proper removal and disposal of both hazardous and non-hazardous materials for the purpose of cleaning.Learn More
Apprentices and journey workers in this trade are certified and highly specialized industrial painters whose work protects the iron and steel in our nation’s bridges, power generation plants and other super structures from the elements.Learn More
Painters and wall covering professionals work in all kinds of commercial and industrial environments, from work that takes a few days to large-scale projects that can take weeks or months to complete.Learn More
Sign and display craft persons design, construct, paint and erect signage and trade show exhibits using a wide range of materials. Apprentices in this trade learn to specialize in graphic design, fabrication, silk-screening or installation.Learn More
A career in the trade show craft encompasses a wide range of skills and tasks. At a trade show, you will see booths and displays of all sorts. Displays range in size and detail from a small portable display to a large, elaborate, multi-level custom-designed exhibit. Trade show workers assemble and build exhibits in shops, as well as install and dismantle them at show locations.
The display installers’ profession is part of one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Convention centers are springing up all over the world and are constantly expanding and improving facilities in order to attract more clientele in this increasingly competitive market.