The IUPAT launched a campaign to raise public awareness of Cornell University’s alleged discriminatory practices against union glaziers.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trade of America and Canada launched a campaign to raise public awareness of Cornell University’s alleged discriminatory practices against union glaziers.

District Council No. 4 union officials and workers assert that Cornell has treated union glaziers “like second-class citizens for decades.” Officials say that while Cornell honors agreements with many other unionized building trades, it steadfastly refuses to recognize union glaziers.

In a petition released in early May, union officials argue that Cornell has awarded glazing work to non-union contractors who lack the required North American Contractor Certification and Metal Technician Certification Program glazing certifications.

“Despite being home to the renowned School of Industrial and Labor Relations – self-described as the ‘preeminent educational institution in the world focused on work, employment and labor’ – Cornell’s allegedly pro-union principles fail to include union glaziers,” claim union officials.

Cornell’s Joel M. Malina, vice president of university relations, told The Ithaca Voice, “Cornell has a long and successful relationship with union labor, including the glaziers. In fact, union glaziers are working on seven of the eight large projects on campus, including Balch Hall, Thurston Hall, the new CIS building and the CHESS New Experimental Hall.”

District Council No. 4 union officials and workers have staged “informational practice rallies” throughout May. The rallies will culminate in a commencement rally on May 25, 2024.

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