He succeeds James Williams, who retired at the end of March.
Mr. Rigmaiden joined IUPAT in 1977 when he signed up for the floor covering apprenticeship training program in Local Union 1288, San Jose, California. He worked as a floor covering installer and eventually became president of his local. When several local unions were combined into Local 12 in 1993, he was elected business manager and helped bring about the first region-wide collective bargaining agreement for Northern California.
He was selected to serve as a general representative in 1996, and the following year became an assistant to the general president with specific duties in national agreements and jurisdiction maintenance. During that time, he also served on the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) and the General President’s Project Maintenance Agreement Committee and the General President’s Project Review Committee.
Prior to being elected General President, Mr. Rigmaiden was Executive General Vice President of IUPAT.
In addition to his new role as General President, Mr. Rigmaiden also serves as Co-chair of the Finishing Trades Institute; is a trustee on the IUPAT International Pension Fund; and serves as Co-secretary of the Labor Management Cooperation Initiative.