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.Videos from Lemlich Awards now available
"I'm surprised that of all that pain, some beauty came, "Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted as saying of this series of photographs by Bob Adelman.
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.
Exhibit – Sisters in the Brotherhood
Some women made history in the 1970s-80s by going to work every day – as truck drivers, firefighters, electricians, plumbers, carpenters.
Making Work Visible – A Contest for CUNY students
Work of 2016 prize winners in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art now available.
Image: The Invisibles, 2016
Exhibit: Women Firefighters in NYC
The law gives qualified women the right to work as firefighters, but the process of making that a reality has been a struggle. Image: first transgender NYC firefighter in the 2011 NYC Pride Parade.
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.
Published by the Red Engine Collective, advertising a May Day protest against the Vietnam war in Washington D.C. on May 1, 1971.
Political clothing, 1947
Labor activists could wear their politics around their necks during the campaign to repeal the 1947 Taft-Hartley law.
"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.