Sunday, 3 April 2016

Benefits of printing with Union shops


Union printing is a comitment we take seriously.  The printing we produce – from client direct mail to our business cards – features the union printing label. The union printing label, referred to as a union “bug,” is the equivalent of an artist’s signature on their painting. It shows that the men and women who printed our pieces are members of a union and stand behind their work. As union members they  recieve a union wage and benefits. It also assures our clients that we are producing the highest quality product possible.

What exactly does the union printing "bug" mean? Who is eligible to use the union "bug" on printed materials? What are the unions of the printing industry?

When it comes to union printers, the largest labor organization – with councils throughout the United States and Canada – is known as the Allied Printing Trades Council. There are two unions that comprise this council: the Graphic Communications Conference (GCC) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA).  There are also some smaller union organizations that have organized print shops; including the Painters and Allied Trades (most often seen in the making of signs, buttons, etc.), and some smaller, independent unions located in smaller geographic regions of the country. It is important to note that only print shops with their employees unionized by recognized union organizations or shops that have a valid union label license agreement are authorized to print the union printers "bug" on their pieces. 
Whether you want printing for your next campaign or just support union shops-we are here to offer you best product at very competitive pricing. Visit us at or email us your next project at


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