Does Your Company Market Its Label?
Updated On: Jun 28, 2012

Over a century ago, when the labor movement began to aggressively promote union labeled products to show buyers the difference that trained, skilled and dedicated union workers make in product quality the printing “bug” was already in widespread use. It’s difficult today, if not impossible, to find union labels on clothing, tools, toys and other everyday products, but that’s not true in printing.

For the most part printing continues to be a service done by small, local businesses and it is the label that sets unionized shops in a class above the rest.

If your shop is not “marketing” its label to potential buyers then it isn’t doing all it could do to bring in new business and hold on to the reliable customers it has.

The label adds value to your printed pieces and it proclaims that the work in your shop is done by skilled union members working for good wages under decent conditions as stipulated by a valid collective bargaining agreement.

Proper Use of CWA-PPMWS Bug

No matter what size bug, consistent to the size of the word LABEL add to the right the number assigned by the PPMWS Sector office of CWA HQ.

In the bottom rocker panel add the CITY and STATE where your shop is located. If the local who issues your label is in a different state, place the two letter state abbreviation then the city, state of your shop (i.e., NY-Atlantic City, NJ).

If your shop has no CWA dues-paying members, use of the CWA bug must cease immediately.

PPMWS represents over 8,000 workers in a diverse range of occupations in daily newspapers, commercial printing and mailing operations, graphic design, specialty manufacturing, publishing and distribution as well as the U. S. Government Printing Office. Our union combines the proud heritage of the International Typographical Union-the oldest continuously operating union in America-with the dynamic vision of the Communications Workers of America. The combination of these two influences provides our members and their families with responsive representation and progressive programs.

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219 Fort Pitt Blvd., 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-281-7268 PPMWS Main Phone Number
412-281-7815 PPMWS Fax
202-434-1100 CWA Main Switchboard
Dan Wasser, President
412-281-7845 Office of the President
Marcia Mikesell, Administrative Secretary
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