Item no. 22008
|Collection: Wagner Labor Archives|
Printers from the Daily News composing room, marching in May, 1938 Union Label parade.
Bertram Powers, printer from Typographical Union No. 6, describes the work:
"The way of doing the work was still pretty much as it had been with Gutenberg; with the exception of the linotype machine, everything else was hand work. The Typographical Union was very old and had a lot of traditions, and as a result, a union composing room was a much different place than a non-union composing room--much more orderly, much better atmosphere, freer. ... We didn't have a history of strikes, but one of craft pride and identity as union men who were loyal to the union. You did not cross a picket line and you did not work with non-union people."
Quote from Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives.
Image from the Union Label Collection, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.