On November 30, 2012, the International Allied Printing Trades Association (IAPTA) settled its dispute with MADCO, Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri, over allegations of misuse of the union label. IAPTA is the trademark owner of the Allied Label.
Although terms of the settlement agreement are confidential, Dan Wasser, President of the Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector and President of IAPTA, stated, “The lawsuit was settled on favorable terms to IAPTA and its membership and in a manner that will ensure that the Allied Label is utilized properly by licensed shops in the future.”
Wasser further stated, “There is a financial component to the settlement but, more importantly, a monitoring component to ensure that violations of the Allied Label do not occur in the future.”
Matt Laufketter, owner of the Ink Spot, an Allied shop in St. Louis, MO brought the fraudulent use of the label to the attention of John Ebeling who heads the St. Louis Allied Printing Trades Council as well as the PPMWS unit within CWA St. Louis Local 6300. Ebeling was instrumental in getting the IAPTA to pursue the matter.
Political entities, non-profit groups, businesses and individuals often demand that a union label be affixed to their printed materials. Wasser stated that when companies who are not licensed by IAPTA use the Allied Label, CWA members lose out on the opportunity for work.
“The purpose of the union label is to protect our members’ work and to ensure that any printed material bearing the union label is produced in a high quality manner by union members working under the protections of a collective bargaining agreement,” Wasser said. “Any members or Local that suspects that a company is improperly using the Allied Label should immediately contact the Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector-CWA at www.cwa-ppmws.org or 202-434-1248 to report the potential violation for investigation and prosecution.”
“Our jobs depend on it.” Wasser added.
IAPTA is an unincorporated association having its principal offices in Washington, DC. The Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector/ Communications Workers of America and the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters operate
IAPTA for the purpose of creating an association to jointly own, license, administer and enforce the Allied Label. All members in good standing of the PPM/CWA and the GCC/IBT are members of the IAPTA.
For over a century, the mission of the PPMWS/CWA and GCC/IBT in
forming IAPTA has been to serve and protect the rights, living standards and working conditions of its members and to assist its members and the employers that employ its members obtain printing work through the licensing and enforcement of the Allied Label.
IAPTA is the owner of the Allied Label, a trade, service or collective mark, adopted by it and used by it since 1911, to identify goods produced and services rendered by IAPTA members employed by such persons and firms licensed and authorized by the IAPTA to use such mark, under working conditions approved by the IAPTA, to distinguish such goods and services from goods produced by and services rendered by others who do not employ IAPTA members or under conditions not approved by the IAPTA.