IUPAT and SMWIA Interrupt Mortgage Conference, Broadcast on CNBC

January 23rd, 2011
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Building Justice, a collaboration of IUPAT DC 15, SMWIA and the AFL-CIO, works to raise standards for workers in the residential construction industry.  We are holding PulteGroup, the nation’s largest homebuilder, accountable for poor working conditions on its worksites. We extend a big thanks to our brothers and sisters at District Council 51 and to IUPAT members from around the country that made this action possible.

For the second time this month, PulteMortgage CEO Debra Still came face to face with workers from the Building Justice campaign and their allies, demanding to know how her company is spending the public’s money.

Despite the fact that her company settled with Arizona’s attorney general over allegations of consumer fraud, Still spent Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, chairing a meeting on residential mortgaging with professionals from around the country. In the middle of the summit, several hundred community members and workers from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) interrupted.

“Where is the money? Where are our jobs?” they chanted as they marched past stunned bankers to take over the podium.

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