This drags all workers down and the IUPAT is joining community groups and fellow labor activists to end income inequality. 4) Enacting corrosion control policies that are good for the environment and our communities: The effects of corrosion on metal structures in our infrastructure cost our economy billions of dollars on an annual basis. There is a human cost as well; in early 2014, the failure of a storage tank due to corrosion poured chemicals into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia. The drinking water for nearly 300,000 residents was poisoned. The IUPAT has the training and the skilled workers to prevent this epidemic of corrosion and we are working every day to fight for better regulations to maintain these structures and protect them from catastrophic failure. 5) Mitigating the negative effects of discrimination in civil and human rights: The recent lessons learned in Ferguson and Baltimore have made it clear that there is much work to be done when it comes to social justice in our communities. The IUPAT is committed to partnering with local community groups to battle discrimination in our neighborhoods and workplaces by doing our part to provide opportunities for someone to build a career in the trades. Our mission is to use the power of the labor movement to advocate for equal rights and a voice in the workplace, and in the communities in which we live. The IUPAT is already working on a number of these issues in several areas: District Council 14 (Chicago) and District Council 9 (New York City) are currently well under way in working with local groups to ensure that urban development is done in a manner to benefit the communities rather than only the developers (DC 9 and Build Up NYC). IUPAT District Council 5 (Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah) is making great strides in combatting worker misclassification and wage theft by not only working with community leaders, but state and federal government agencies, as well. District Councils 15 (Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming) and 88 (Texas, Oklahoma) are also working diligently on the same issues and gaining ground. In West Virginia, District Council 53 hosted over 200 experts, professionals and business leaders in the industrial coatings field at this year’s annual Coatings and Corrosion Expo. There, the IUPAT featured technical presentations on the corrosion epidemic and hands-on demonstrations of IUPAT training in corrosion protection. It is events such as these at DC 53, and in other district councils, that are quickly establishing the IUPAT as a leading authority on corrosion prevention. Industry experts and, thanks to the CORE initiative, political leaders are seeing first-hand that the IUPAT is on the cutting edge when it comes to training and application in this field. One of the most notable areas where the IUPAT has advanced the CORE program is St. Louis. Over the course of the last year-and-a-half, members and leaders of IUPAT District Council 58 have partnered with a local community group to operate a job training center, with youth mentoring in our trades, which has led to a greater standing in the hardest hit communities where Discrimination and Income Inequality is a way of life. (read more about CORE and St. Louis HERE). CORE is on its way to making even more progress in the months ahead thanks to the dedication of local members and leaders of the IUPAT. Contact your district council or local union today to join the movement! Do you have a story about the work you are doing in your community under the CORE initiative? Let us know at CORE@IUPAT.org.