Union Printing

John's Studio Wholesale has been a member of the Communications Workers of America for over 15 years. Statistics today show unions are associated with higher productivity, lower employee turnover, improved workplace communication, and a better-trained workforce. We are committed to securing a safe work environment and security on the job for all of our team. Our professional, experienced staff is treated right which means you'll be treated right. We take pride and ownership in every job in our shop which means one thing has not changed...people still make a difference in the quality of the final product. At John's Studio Wholesale, we understand and operate on the principle that our people make the difference every day.

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union history

Printers in early America were the first crafts people to form Local Unions and formed the first International Union in 1852 called the International Typographical Union, originally named National Typographical Union. Technological advancements in printing influenced its Unions so much over the next 60 years that many workers broke away from the ITU into five printing unions that represented workers in different job classifications, Pressmen, Bookbinders, Lithographers, and also the obsolete job descriptions of Photoengravers, and Stereotypers with Electrotypers. From the early 1900's until the 1960's all six printing unions thrived. The mergers began with Platemakers, Photoengravers, Stereotypers and Electrotypers and then Lithographers, Pressmen and Bookbinders. The ITU broke up into the Teamsters and the Communication Workers of America. All of the printing unions were together by 1983 and their Union the Graphic Communications International Union had its International Offices in Washington, D.C. in the building that had belonged to the Bookbinders Union originally. In 2005, after printing technology going digital required a merger to keep Strength and Stability in the Union the GCIU merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Printers have their own segment within the Teamsters, called the Graphic Communications Conference. Adding the vast history of the printers to their own great history makes the Teamsters Union the most historically important Union in Labor.

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