Local #1332

Founded on August 20, 1920.


Prior to 1919, Black union members of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America in Chicago worked under difficult and extremely discouraging conditions. Exploitation and abuse of the African American worker was rampant and widespread among homeowners and the commercial bosses that employed them at the lowest possible wages.

Although the AFL preached a policy of egalitarianism in regard to African American workers, in actuality it discriminated against the African American workers. The AFL sanctioned the maintenance of segregated locals within its affiliates – particularly in the construction and railroad industry. This practice often excluded Black workers altogether from union membership and thus from employment in organized industries.

On August 20th, 1920, Painters Local 1332 was granted its own Charter with the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America with the specific intent by determined and dedicated union brothers to address and confront those discriminatory practices and challenges within the Black community.

Business Representatives / Organizers

Larry Thomas - Business Representative

P: 312.421.0046 ext. 253

Michael Dixon - Organizer

P: 312.421.0046 ext. 268


Michael Dixon - President

Lynall Thornton - Vice President

Gary Fields Sr. - Recording Secretary

Robert Holder - Treasurer

Gary Fields Jr. - Warden

Christopher Sealey - Financial Secretary


Charles Brown

Darien Moody

Ober Fox

Painters District Council 14 Delegates

Fritz Whisenton

Lynall Thornton

Chicago Federation of Labor Delegates

Larry Thomas

Michael Dixon

Lynall Thornton

Gary Fields Jr.

Melvin Barnes

Dues Information

Effective January 1, 2019, quarterly union dues are $152.00. Send to office at 7736 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619 on the 1st of each quarter.

Local Office and Union Meetings

7736 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month

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