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About District Council 9

About District Council 9

For over one hundred years, District Council 9 has provided innovative workmanship of the highest quality combined with cutting edge technology and expert technique. Our entire workforce undergoes continuing education programs to ensure that our skills match the latest design models.

District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) is an organization of painters, decorators, wall covers, drywall finishers, sign painters, metal polishers, bridge and structural steel painters, civil service painters, lead abatement workers, glaziers and architectural metal glassworkers, paint makers, and allied tradesmen. We are a membership run organization. Leaders are elected by the membership and each local union as council delegates, who represent them at monthly council delegate meetings. Our unity makes us stronger and together we are dedicated to securing and improving wages, benefits, and overall working conditions, not only for ourselves, but for our families and future generations to come.

Regardless of the creativity of the architecture or the design elements of the engineering plan, a property’s value is ultimately tied to the quality of its workmanship. Our craftsmen have an international reputation, having worked on some of the most well-known landmarked buildings in our country.

Whatever your buildings’ needs, whether they be painting or wall covering, ornamental metal and glasswork, window film, drywall finishing, or metal polishing, our contractors are prepared to develop a scope of services that matches your design needs.



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Our History

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) were formally organized on March 15, 1887 in Baltimore, MD. District Council 9 of New York was granted a charter by the IUPAT on December 20, 1900. District Council 9 was founded on the belief that organizing and collective bargaining are necessary to foster and adopt ways and means for the improvement of the working and living standards of union members and their families, as well as a means to address the needs of the industry as a whole.

As union members, we share a proud, yet often forgotten, history. Without the hard work of our union forefathers we would not have many of the conditions we take for granted today, such as the seven-hour day and five-day workweek. Since 1887, IUPAT members and District Council 9 members have made significant contributions to the working and living standards of all workers, to public policy, and to our industry as a whole.

Today, we are over 100 years old and thanks to the members of District Council 9, we are still committed to the same goals and principles we were founded on. District Council 9 members have had the strength to stay united through the good and bad times, the courage to elect skillful leaders, and the foresight to face the challenges of the future. With the foundations laid, and the skills and knowledge we have gained over the last 100 years, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of all working families.


District Council 9 provides benefits to more than 11,000 members of New York State’s middle class, including health insurance, pensions, and continuing education. In addition, our organization contributes thousands of working hours and millions of dollars to support the region’s charitable and community organizations.