The Union Label
- The emblems of organized labor are the union label, the
shopcard and the service button.
- They are the modern counterparts of the hallmarks of
the medieval craft guilds, and they stand for much the same thing.
- "This symbol stands for quality," they say,
quality in craftsmanship, production and service, but also quality in labor
- relations-good wages and working conditions under a union
- By insisting on the union label, purchasing products
that bear it and patronizing stores where the union shopcard is displayed,
- members of organized labor and the general public help
to promote and spread the things for which the label stands. At the
- same time, they are helping to wipe out the last vestiges
of the "sweatshop" in which workers are exploited at low wages,
- in an unhealthy work environment while the employer reaps
- The importance to the trade union movement of the union
label and its companions, the shopcard and service button, is
- underscored by the fact that an AFL-CIO constitutional
department links the label and service trades unions in their promotion.
- The department issues its own publication and sponsors
an annual AFL-CIO Union-Industries Show in a major city to display
- the products and skills of the American union worker.
It also charters local and state union label councils.
- But promotion of the union label, like organizing, is
really the mission of every trade unionist. It ought to be the mission
- Back to the Preamble