James A. Williams

General President Emeritus at International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

James A. Williams

James A. Williams

General President Emeritus at International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

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James A. Williams began his apprenticeship with Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glass Workers Local Union 252, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in 1968. In 1969 he enlisted in the Army, serving as an Infantryman in Vietnam. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Army Accommodation Medal and an Air Medal, as well as the Combat Infantry Badge. Returning home in 1971, he completed his apprenticeship and worked as a journeyman glazier. In 1975, he was elected president and business manager of Local Union 252. In these capacities he also served as co-chairman of their Pension, Annuity, Health & Welfare and Vacation Funds. He served on numerous boards, including the Philadelphia Private Industry Council.

In August of 1994 he was elected the allied region general vice president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades – a labor organization with 140,000 construction industry members in the United States and Canada. He held this position until September 1995, when he was appointed general secretary-treasurer elect of the IUPAT. In August 1999 he was elected general secretary-treasurer. As general secretary-treasurer, he held the position of trustee on several pension funds, including the IUPAT Industry Pension Fund, the IUPAT Local Union and District Council Pension Fund and the IUPAT General Officers, Staff and Employees Retirement and Pension Fund. In 1985 Governor Casey appointed Mr. Williams as a commonwealth trustee to Temple University, a position he held for 13 years.

In April 2003, Mr. Williams was unanimously elected general president by the union’s General Executive Board. That same year, he was appointed to the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council where he continues to serve on the finance, human rights and political committees. In 2004, the general president took the unprecedented step of completing his college degree. He received his bachelor’s degree with four members of his executive board and 18 other IUPAT members from across the U.S. and Canada. Mr. William’s senior thesis “Confessions of a Union Leader,” is a case study that has been used in IUPAT leadership training. In 2004, he was unanimously reelected to the office of general president and now also serves on the AFL-CIO Committee.

The general president is well respected by union and legislative leaders from coast to coast for his strong political acumen. He attributes his keen sense of politics to his youth when he was a regular participant in Philadelphia ward politics. Mr. Williams repeatedly serves as a sounding board for candidates running for office, be it for city council or the presidency. On June 8, 2005 Mr. Williams was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the Advisory Board of the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust.

A traditional family man, he has been married for over 35 years to his wife, Gerrie. They have two daughters, Aimee and Chrissy, two sons Jimmy and Danny and five grandchildren Shaun, Christopher, Matthew, James and Andrew.

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IUPAT Industry Pension Fund

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General President Emeritus at International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
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IUPAT Industry Pension Fund provides union members with the opportunity to participate in the pension fund. Its union members include floor and wall-covering installers, display workers, convention and show decorators, drywall finishers and painters. The company was founded in 1887 and is located in Washington, DC.

General President, Director of Organizing
Current
General President Emeritus
Current

We the members of District Councils and Local Unions affiliated with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades - believing that organization and collective action is necessary to foster and adopt ways and means for the continuous improvement of the working and living standards of the members of this International Union; to secure legislation in the interests of our members; to bring about higher wages, shorter hours and better working conditions for them; to influence public opinion by peaceful and legal methods in favor of our affiliated organizations and all organized labor generally; to promote, encourage and bring into existence satisfactory contractual relationships with employers in the industries from which the members of our affiliates are drawn; to advance and maintain better relations between our members and their employers; and to otherwise enrich the lives of our members and their families, all other working men and women.

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Member, Labor Advisory Board
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American Income Life Insurance Co. offers life and supplemental accident and health insurance. It offers whole and term life insurance and supplemental accident and health insurance, including accident protection, hospital indemnity, cancer protection, and critical illness solutions. The company was founded by Bernard Rapoport and Harold Goodman in 1951 and is headquartered in Waco, TX.

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Ullico, Inc. engages in the provision of multi-line insurance, financial services, and administrative products. It offers annuities, group life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, third party administration, and investment services. The company was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Vice President
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American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Org operates labor unions. The main purpose of the AFL-CIO is to bring fairness and dignity to the workplace and secure social and economic equity. The company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Vice President
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