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Union Editors Show Their Grit in the Face of At-Risk Print Jobs

Union Editors Show Their Grit in the Face of At-Risk Print Jobs

Do you need copy editing? Yes you do! Case in Point The Toronto Star – one of Canada's largest newspapers – recently announced plans for a major restructuring that would put over 160 union print jobs at risk. Publisher John Cruickshank's released a memo discussing plans to outsource 100 union editing jobs, and 60 union prepress jobs – most likely to contractors overseas. The Star's union is predictably shocked and upset, as are its editors. The Torontoist received a copy of Cruickshank's memo from an anonymous source claiming to represent a Star editor. The memo had been altered to demonstrate just how badly the newspaper needs its local, invested editorial staff. Image after the jump… In the memo, Cruickshank's refers to the at-risk jobs as “non-core functions,” a position that is increasingly up for debate in the printing world. After all, print is being trumped by online news sources that – let's face it – do not, by and large, […]

Union Printing at Put People First

Union Printing at Put People First

Pics from the march and the rally. Over the weekend, I happened to find myself in a London hotly anticipating the meeting of the G20 that took place this week. While the midweek protests turned angry and violent, the march and rally I attended on Saturday (March 28th) were very peaceful and positive. The event, called Put People First, was organized by London trade unions looking to encourage the G20 to focus on “Jobs, Justice, and Climate.” The result was the coming together of a ton of different unions with an amazing variety of agendas – all on display through colorful, plentiful union printing. Signs and banners covered everything from environmental issues, to poverty, to the plight of third world nations, and anger at banks over the recession. Here are some shots of the union printing on display last Saturday in London: 35, 000 people, mostly union members, marched to Marble Arch. As with any good rally, handmade signs mixed […]

Milk, and the Narrative Power of Print

Milk, and the Narrative Power of Print

Every sign tells a story. Every year, around Oscar time, I try to see the big movies of the year. Some I see before the Oscars, some I see after. So although all the buzz is so last weekend, I just had a chance to see Milk, and besides being blown away by the film itself, I was very impressed by the use of political printing as a narrative device in the story. Milk chronicles the rise of the gay rights movement in San Franciso in the 70s. The story centers around Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, and his years of campaigning. He runs his campaigns out of a photo printing shop that he owns, which gives him the opportunity to do a lot of election campaign printing, and what starts out as a few controversial signs displayed around a soapbox on a street corner, grows into a massive, and […]

Great Quotes About Printing

Great Quotes About Printing

Free, democratic, subversive, the engine of immortality… It's been a while since printing was considered the greatest marvel of the modern world, but there was a time when people had a lot of interesting things to say about it. Over the last little while, I've been collecting cool quotes I've stumbled across about printing, and I wanted to share them with you. Two things stand out about the below thoughts, I think. First, it's amazing how many people recognized printing as a powerful force for the democratization of society and the opening of our minds. In fact, a lot of great thinkers believed is was such a subversive force that it was dangerous. Second, notice how many of these quotations about printing apply now to the Internet. It's sometimes funny, sometimes insightful, and always makes me think of the web as the progeny of the press. Hopefully our little multigenerational family can learn to get along. Enjoy! “The printing press […]

Union Printing Takes to the Streets in Paris

Union Printing Takes to the Streets in Paris

They've even got balloons! You've got to hand it to those Parisian unions. They know how to throw a protest. Yesterday, eight of France's largest trade unions organized a massive event of work stoppage and picketing in the streets in protest of the French government's handling of the economic crisis. As images of the protest pour in, it's clear that the union printing of signs and banners was full force. Looks like people all over the world don't approve of the idea of banks getting billions in bailout money from the government. Quelle suprise, as the French say. One French union rep called it the largest demonstration France had seen in twenty years, with an estimated 2.5 million people demonstrating throughout the country. I don't need to tell you, that is a LOT of union printing. As in French union protests that we've seen in the past, images show a conspicuous contrast between the slick, organized printing of protest signage […]

The End of Print? Not Quite Yet.

The End of Print? Not Quite Yet.

DON'T STOP THE PRESSES! “Break up the printing presses and you break up rebellion.” – Dudley Nichols, American Screenwriter When I first saw the links relating to The End of Print on Design Observer last week, I frowned, shrugged sadly, and moved on. But after having slept on it, and despite being an avid reader of the blog, I woke up this morning kinda grumpy about the attitude behind the concept. The End of Print, William Drenttel? Why don't I start posting about 'The End of Stuffy, Elitist Design Blogs'? Hmm, maybe because I would sound crazy, since the design blog, however overblown at this point, is nowhere near passed its prime. Which is kind of the problem. The bigwigs of the design blogosphere say print is over, thereby helping to usher in its end with the heft of those negative words. Ironically, all that power language has to influence hearts and minds, and to make tangible change happen in […]

One Last Piece of Political Printing

One Last Piece of Political Printing

Behind the scenes of history, there's always a printer. It's a new year, and the Presidential elections may be long decided, but there's at least one piece of political printing still in the works. Invitations needed to be printed for Barack Obama's inauguration January 20th. And this time around, choosing the printer, the direct mailer, the paper supplier and the ink supplier for the job took on historic proportions. Chosen for the job of printing the 1 million invitations was New York printer Precise Continental. The New York Times ran a feature piece on the selection. Precise Continental were apparently chosen over competing bidders because they are, like Hotcards, a union printer, and certified by the FSC. Want the stats on this epic project? Check 'em out: Colors: Black and gold. Typefaces: Modified Shelley Allegro and Kuenstler. Ink: Supplied by BuzzInk, in Chicago. Paper: Classic Crest Recycled Natural White, by Neenah Paper. The invitations have been the same since Harry […]

Teachers Union Printing Banned From Classrooms

Teachers Union Printing Banned From Classrooms

Should teachers keep political opinions to themselves? Across the country, teachers unions have been distributing button printing in favor of the Obama – Biden Presidential campaign. Unions are encouraging teachers to wear the buttons to school, and some unions are even running email campaigns asking teachers to come to school dressed in “Obama blue.” Now, however, the Board of Education is putting a stop to it. They say there is a long-standing policy in place against the distribution or presentation of union printing promoting political ideologies in schools. A similar incident occurred in 1969 when teachers were barred from wearing black armbands, or coming to school with political printing speaking out against the Vietnam war. Union reps say that teachers have the right to freedom of expression, but the Board of Education says that school is no place for politics, and that parents are complaining. What do you think, should union printing, particularly of a political nature, be allowed in […]

Boeing Workers Break Out The Union Printing

Boeing Workers Break Out The Union Printing

Machinists' union hits the picket line. At 12:01 on Saturday night, the machinists union at Boeing went on strike after lengthy contract talks with Boeing Company. That's 27, 000 union members assembling picket signs and carrying union printing up and down the line. Their strike slogan is, “It's Our Time, This Time,” a slogan that seems to be directed as much at union negotiators as at Boeing. Union workers actually voted to strike as early as Thursday, with a massive 87% majority voting to walk out. By the time a strike was actually called on Saturday, union workers were plenty peeved about the 48-hour delay, which may have inspired the “Union Time” theme. During the delay, the union had plenty of time to put together its logos, slogans, and designs for union printing. So far on the picket line, we've seen apparel, signs, stickers, and multiple unique banner designs, all bearing the union printing bug. Even though it's not us […]

SEIU Makes Big Plans, Prints Big Vehicle Wraps

SEIU Makes Big Plans, Prints Big Vehicle Wraps

Look out! Union printing on the move! The Service Employees International Union is having a busy summer, and so are their printers! Besides the usual union printing staples, such as signs, brochures, and apparel printing, the SEIU has been drawing media attention with large-scale vehicle wrapping. If you haven't seen them yet, you're likely to see a giant purple caravan rolling through town any day now. The SEIU's Take Back Labor Day Caravan consists of a semi-trailer, an RV, and a bus, all wrapped in signature SEIU purple. The caravan is currently on an interstate tour to raise awareness about issues facing union workers in the upcoming elections. And trust me, you've never seen giant purple vehicle wrapping like this before! The SEIU's goal with this union printing was to generate media attention, and their bold color choice certainly makes them hard to ignore. The caravan ends its tour Sept. 1st in St. Paul's at the Take Back Labor Day […]

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