Skilled painting, wallcovering, or drywall installation is part of almost every RTP repair project. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents industrial painters, commercial painters, wallcoverers, drywall finishers, architectural glass and metal installers, and glaziers.
“RTP’s dedication to improving the lives of the community is important to our members,” said Claire Cawley, an organizer for District Council 57 (DC57). “We like to get into the communities where we work and live and contribute to making them better.” DC57 is an organization of more than 2,500 skilled trades members across 32 counties of western Pennsylvania, with a range of age, race, and gender.
District Council 57 has partnered with RTP since 2016 on volunteer events. Most recently, they participated in a Day of Action on Patriot’s Day, September 11, by repairing water damage from a leaking roof. RTP replaced the roof but didn’t have the budget to finish the project. Ten professionals from the union donated time, skill, and materials to replace and paint the damaged drywall and complete repair work on the McKeesport home of a grateful Navy veteran.