21Jun 2017

Thank you for showing our brothers Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez your support in the last two days by making calls, sending faxes, rallying, uplift both father’s cases on social media and speaking to elected officials. As many of you know, both Hugo and Rodrigo had scheduled immigration court hearings today. Below are pictures of today’s rally where many of our members and District Council staff were front and center.

There is no doubt that our collective efforts have had an impact on Hugo and Rodrigo’s cases. In fact, we know that in the next 48 hours additional information is being reviewed and considered in large part for all we’ve done so far. This will be a crucial period for us to keep the pressure going, so please take a few minutes to take the following actions.

We need your help to keep the momentum going in supporting Hugo, Rodrigo and their families!

For live updates on our efforts this week visit: Free Hugo & Free Rodrigo Week of Action Facebook page

June 21st is Big FAX Wednesday! Send a fax to ICE Enforcement and Removal Offices to (415) 844-5514 with attention to David Jennings. We have provided a formatted fax form with the graphic of the day, which you only need to fill your name in the blank CLICK HERE

Don’t have a fax? Not a problem simply follow the these instructions:

–          STEP #1: Visit: www.Faxzero.com

–          STEP #2: Fill in the blanks

  • For Sender Information(on the left) fill in your name (you do not have to include your full name), email and phone number
  • For Receiver Information (on the right) fill in
    • Name: ICE Field Director David Jennings
    • Company: Enforcement and Removal Officer
    • Fax: (415) 844-5514

–          STEP #3: Upload your fax form

  • In Fax InformationClick on browser
    • Upload the Fax form (you will know it’s uploaded when you see a green check mark next to the title of your document)
    • ENTER CONFIRMATION CODE – you will be prompted to include the 5-digit confirmation code at the bottom of this section.

–          STEP #4: Hit the “Send Free Fax Now” button

  • You will receive a confirmation email. It will prompt you to click on a link in order to actually send your fax.


  1. Let’s keep those calls going! Call San Francisco’s ICE Field Office Director David Jennings!

For more information on our efforts with this case, visit our website: www.freehugo.org.

20Jun 2017

Are you thinking of pursuing a BA in Construction Management? Would you like to take your classes online? Rowan University in partnership with NABTU is offering the NABTU Governing Board of Presidents Scholarships up to $3,600 available to first-year students in all trades.

When:  September 5, 2017, the beginning of the Fall term

Who:  Journeypersons & Apprentices looking to develop their leadership skills

Where:  Visit the Rowan University website to apply for Fall 2017

Rowan University’s B.A. in Construction Management Online is ideal for journeypersons, as well as apprentices who are looking to develop leadership skills and advance their careers. The B.QA. in Construction Management prepares Building Trades members to supervise, manage, and inspect construction projects, buildings, and associated facilities. Rowan’s program has received North America’s Building Trades Union’s endorsement.

Scholarship application deadline is August 1st. Visit the Rowan University website to learn more. Download information HERE.

18Jun 2017
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT Sportsman Alliance
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT
  • IUPAT Veterans Challenge Coin

June 17th –  The IUPAT Union Sportsman Alliance held a Clay Shoot at Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club in Bucyrus, Ohio Proceeds from the event raised money for conservation efforts.

Over 30 Union Brothers and Sisters included many retired members enjoyed a day of shooting rounds on the sporting clay course. IUPAT Dan Penski and General Vice President Harry Zell presented Ed O’Neil with the Veterans Challenge Coin for his service to our country during four tours in Vietnam.

17Jun 2017

On Monday, June 12th our union brothers and sisters gathered to celebrate Local 707’s 10th anniversary. A large crowd celebrated with a cookout and a car show. The best car was a 1963 Chevy Corvette owned by Brenda Ferrante and the best bike was a 1953 Harley Davidson trike owned by Neil Fronius.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Local 707’s anniversary!


06Jun 2017
DC 16 members hold a rally in support of Hugo Mejia

Last month, IUPAT member Hugo Mejia (IUPAT Local Union 83) and UBC member Rodrigo Nunez (UBC Local 68) were detained on their way to work in northern California.

DC 16 Member Hugo Mejia and his wife Yadira

Hugo Mejia has been an IUPAT member for over a decade and has lived in the USA for over 15 years. He has no record, and his wife and children are all US citizens.

Both were working on a construction project at a hospital located inside of Travis Air Force base. When they gave their identification at the entrance, the base turned them over to ICE. Both were detained, and have been held in custody for 30+ days with no due process. What is happening to them is happening all over the country.

In a rally yesterday, protesters chanted, “Free Rodrigo Now” and “What do we want?  Justice! When do we want it?  Now!” Most were members of District Council 16, who gathered in front of ICE’s San Francisco location yesterday to protest the detainment of one of its members and a member of another local union, Carpenters Local 68.

Prior to their detainment, Hugo and Rodrigo were both long-term union workers and active community members.  Mejía, who lives in San Rafael, worked as a drywall finisher with Painters Local 83, a local union group that is now a part of the Painter’s District Council 16.  He was also a father of three children and an active member of his church.

Nuñez, a resident of Hayward, has lived in the United States for more than 15 years, now with three young children. Nuñez was an assistant coach for his son’s baseball team, volunteered for his local church, and worked in drywall as a member of Carpenter Local 68.

Ever since their detainment, District Council 16 has not received any communication from ICE regarding the status of Nuñez and Mejía. Currently, the only information District Council 16 has is that Hugo is detained in Sacramento and Rodrigo is detained in Yuba.

Worrying that the two may be deported without getting their case heard in front of a judge, District Council 16 members and community leaders rallied to demand Rodrigo and Hugo’s immediate release and a stay of their deportation.

The protest had roughly 200 people in attendance for the event, including District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who came to voice his support. Madison Hull, District Council 16’s political and communication director, said in a statement: “We just want them, Hugo and Rodrigo, released immediately and we want a fair and due process.  To be taken away from their families for 30 days in inhumane.”

10May 2017

The AGC Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1st to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation. The complete list of criteria can be reviewed below. All applications must be submitted online. The Education and Research Foundation is committed to taking steps to ensure students have the technical skills needed to immediately enter into the commercial construction workforce.

Link to Online Application:  https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/AGCTrade2017


04May 2017

STRONGSVILLE, OH: IUPAT DC6 Business Manager Jim Sherwood presented retired IUPAT Glazier Howard Briggs a $2,500 donation from PATCH to benefit The Littlest Heroes, a nonprofit organization that seeks to positively impact the lives of children with cancer and their families, regardless of income level or zip code.

Patch donates $2,500 to The Littlest Heroes Childhood Cancer nonprofit

IUPAT Business Manager Jim Sherwood presents retired Glazier Howard Briggs with a $2,500 PATCH donation to support The Littlest Heroes organization.

“We’re a charity that supports Families that have kids with cancer,” declared Briggs who has been volunteering with The Littlest Heroes for 10 years.  “We buy parking places at the Clinic, at University Hospitals. We provide food cards, gas cards, we pay bills, we do whatever it takes short of paying the actual medical expenses.” Briggs, who is a top fundraiser for the organization, volunteers as a way to pay it forward for his wife’s recovery from cancer. “It all goes 100% back to the charity.”

The PATCH Foundation receives support from local IUPAT members, who collect donations to support a hometown charity or organization. Donations are used to address literacy, education, childhood illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness.

Any classic car fans in the house? IUPAT Members have another opportunity to support The Littlest Heroes on June 3rd, by participating in a charity car show the organization has planned from 9: AM until 3: PM. All cars are welcome, and the event also includes a 50/50 raffle, Chinese raffles, door prizes, plaques, and trophies. For more information on the Littles Heroes Car Show, click HERE.

27Apr 2017

STRONGSVILLE, OH (April 27, 2017) – Former Rep. Betty Sutton (D. OH) today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) for the Betty Sutton for Ohio ticket in the 2018 Ohio governor’s race.

“Throughout my career, I’ve led fights against unfair trade deals that hurt Ohio workers.” Former Rep. Sutton said. “Too many Ohioans are feeling the pain of policies that help only the most privileged and powerful while leaving far too many behind.”

IUPAT DC6 is an affiliation of IUPAT local unions throughout all of Ohio and Central Kentucky. IUPAT DC6 represents 4,000 men and women who work in the Finishing Trades – commercial and industrial painters, glaziers, glass workers, drywall finishers, and sign and display workers among other crafts.

IUPAT DC6 Business Manager Jim Sherwood said IUPAT is proud to endorse Betty Sutton as the next governor of Ohio.
“Betty is not only a friend of Labor but in fact a champion for Labor,” said Sherwood. “We have a longtime relationship with Betty and have seen her work at local, state, and federal levels. She has met every challenge with equal success. Her vision to move Ohio forward is one we believe in, and we stand ready to work every day for her victory in the election.”

Follow Sutton for Ohio on Facebook and on Twitter. To learn more about the campaign visit https://www.bettysutton.com/