Harry Zell joined the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) through an organizing drive and became an apprentice glazier in Local Union 1165 (now affiliated with DC 91) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Harry became active in the union; attending meetings and programs as an apprentice. This provided him the opportunity to be an organizer upon becoming a journeyman in 1993.
Over the next eight years, Harry continued to remain active as he served as an organizer, officer, instructor and on the IUPAT curriculum committee. He was active in the Local Building Trades and on the area’s Labor-Management board, Top Notch. He also earned a degree from Marshall Community & Technical College.
In 2001, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades hired him as a general organizer. A couple of years later, he was promoted to general president’s representative. He served in that position until October 1, 2012, when he was appointed general vice president.
In 2014, Harry was elected to his current position of general vice president assigned to the IUPAT’s central region. He sits on the General Executive Board of the IUPAT and is a Labor trustee on the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), the Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) and the IUPAT Industry Pension Fund.