International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
IUPAT opens doors and provides apprenticeship support to racialized groups. An example of this commitment, Ivan Dawns, an IUPAT Black Journey person who worked 13 years as a drywall finisher, took on the role of Political Director for the purpose of attracting more Black youth into IUPAT into the union. The union sanctioned this Role as an advocate and representative for the union. In implementing the Political Director role, IUPAT fulfilled the need for the union to have a union member who could relate to Black workers and represent their interests. The role acknowledges the need to support Black workers and that discrimination and racist comments occurring on the job need to be addressed by a trusted leader. By supporting and helping the BIPOC community members to get into construction, more Black people are joining the ranks.