Spotlight the Label
“After the Civil War, American labor unions began using individual logos, both as a means of group identification, and as printed seals or labels affixed to union made products, to assure the consumer of the quality of the products manufactured in union shops. The label movement was also a non-violent means of garnering public support for the labor movement, by encouraging boycotts of products made by companies that did not support labor’s goals,” says Kim Munson, art historian.
Since late 2012 the Union Label Department has been featuring information on modern day union labels in our bimonthly newsletter, the Label Letter. As Ms. Munson explains in her research “the symbols and messages contained in these logos have changed due to union mergers, economic transformations, changes in the political climate, and cultural/societal trends in general.” Our goal is to educate the general population about the modern day labels they may see today.
The United Steelworkers is North America’s largest industrial union, with 1.2 million mem-bers and retirees in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The Steelworkers first contract was signed in 1937 with Carnegie-Illinois Steel. Strikes, riots, and attacks on...read more
Started in 1932, when a group of white collar professional state employees met in Madison, Wisconsin, and created the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME has grown into the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6...read more
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents more than 750,000 workers in the electrical industry in the United States, Canada, Panama and several Caribbean island nations; particularly electricians, or Inside Wiremen, in the construction...read more
Spotlight the Label: AWIU formerly Asbestos Workers The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AWIU or Insulators) is a trade unionin the United Statesand Canada. It is affiliated with the AFL–CIOand the Canadian Labour Congress....read more
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is the exclusive representative of over 15,200 air traffic controllers within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense (DOD) and private sector. NATCA also...read more
The Air Line Pilots Association, ALPA was formed in 1931 by a group of 24 “key men” in Chicago. David L. Behncke was the first president. The founding members adopted the motto “Schedule with Safety” and that theme remains central to the union’s work today. For more...read more
The November 30, 2011, merger of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) and the United Transportation Union (UTU) created the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). The SMWIA, with close to 150,000...read more
Founded in 1913, Actors’ Equity became a force to be reckoned with in an historic 1919 strike. Since then, Equity has gone beyond securing the safety, health, and rights of stage actors to become a progressive force in theater. Actors’ Equity Association (AEA or...read more
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union representing 650,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for...read more
The Amalgamated Transit Union—the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada—fights for the interests of its hard-working members and promotes mass transit. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members,...read more