Union Printers | Political Printing & Campaign Mailers
Union Printers and The Campaign Workshop
We love union printers, and union printing is a commitment we take seriously. The printing we produce – from client direct mail to our business cards – features the union printing label. That label is there because we use union printers. The union printing label, referred to as a union “bug,” is the equivalent of an artist’s signature on their painting. It shows that the men and women who printed our pieces are members of a union and stand behind their work. As union members they receive a union wage and benefits. Their employers, the union printers commit to a safe work place and fair wages and benefits for their employees. It also assures our clients that we are producing the highest quality product possible.
What exactly does the union printing "bug" mean? Who is eligible to use the union "bug" on printed materials? What are the unions of the printing industry?
When it comes to union printers, the largest labor organization – with councils throughout the United States and Canada – is known as the Allied Printing Trades Council. There are two unions that comprise this council: the Graphic Communications Conference (GCC) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). There are also some smaller union organizations that have organized print shops; including the Painters and Allied Trades (most often seen in the making of signs, buttons, etc.), and some smaller, independent unions located in smaller geographic regions of the country. It is important to note that only print shops with their employees unionized by recognized union organizations or shops that have a valid union label license agreement are authorized to print the union printers "bug" on their pieces. You can find more information about union printers at the Allied Label website or at the Printing Industries of America website.
Want more information why we use union printers? We at The Campaign Workshop know the union label means the union printers we work with across the country provide the highest quality work and their employees receive fair wages and benefits.