Our Mission To document and celebrate the artistic and cultural heritage of working people and the labor movement, and encourage understanding of their often overlooked contributions to our society.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. a month before he died, addressing a meeting in New York City of Local 1199, Drug and Hospital Workers' Union.
The cover of an organizing pamphlet from the American Federation of Labor illustrating workers' right to organize into unions of their choice, recently guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.
Clara Lemlich Awards
Find out more about the amazing women honored over the past five years, and nominate an unsung heroine for 2016.
Making Work Visible – A Contest for CUNY students
The contest offers prizes up to $1,000 in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art. Image: "Indonesian Bazaar" (2015)
Sit-down strikers at Woolworth's in New York City's Union Square demanding a forty-hour week.
Exhibit - Civil Rights History Walks into the Classroom
This button was ubiquitous throughout the 1960s, on picket lines, at demonstrations, at workshops and meetings, on the subway and in the office.
Exhibit – Landscape of Lost Arts
This 1970s photograph is part of our exhibit about union members and artisans building and re-building the landscape of the city.
Exhibit – Defending the Social Safety Net
The social safety net is our way of protecting the most vulnerable among us and is a social insurance program, not an entitlement program. A tradition as old as humanity, it is currently under attack. This poster from the Social Security Office in 1936 introduces the concept to senior citizens.
One of the spontaneous shrines that appeared around New York City after September 11, 2001.
"Trina of Fisherman's Cove" is from a series by a Brooklyn artist depicting immigrant shopkeepers from a multicultural neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn.
Political clothing, 1947
Labor activists could wear their politics around their necks during the campaign to repeal the 1947 Taft-Hartley law.