Posted in the Commercial Printing Forum
#1 Aug 14, 2010
The head of the AFL-CIO defended public union pay and benefits Friday and urged private-sector workers to unite with public employees to confront the nation's "job-cutters."
"Some people see public employees as an island of privilege," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said at a City Hall rally in support of transportation projects. "Here's the truth: When public employees and union workers everywhere negotiate decent pay and decent benefits, well then, all of us get lifted up with that. Every worker in America gets a chance at a better deal."
#2 Aug 14, 2010
Printing is Alive
#3 Aug 14, 2010
Graphic Communications Union
#4 Aug 14, 2010
You Suck at Photoshop #1
#5 Aug 14, 2010
Benefits and union membership.
Workers in larger printing companies generally receive standard benefits. Union membership in this industry is less than average. Just 7 percent of printing industry employees are union members or are covered by a union contract, compared with 14 percent of workers throughout the economy, but this proportion varies greatly by city.
#6 Sep 2, 2010
America Is Strong When Our Unions Are Strong
#7 Sep 20, 2010
AFLCIO goes big
#8 Oct 5, 2010
I went on two interviews for a management position at a local company. On the second, I was offered the job; so I gave notice at the company where I was working at the time. At my new employer, the general manager I replaced went to a different company, but she said she would keep in touch with me in case I had any questions.
After about 10 days, however, something strange happened. I was told that everything I did had to go through her. Then I received an e-mail that said I should come in on a Monday, my day off, for a short meeting. She entered the office and said, "We have to let you go; it is not working out." I asked if I had done something wrong. She said I hadn't. A few days after I left, I found out that she was back in her old job, the one I was bounced from. I left my former job for that company, only to have my livelihood taken away. Do I have any recourse for this unethical behavior?
#10 Jan 15, 2011
In the heart of the Great Depression, millions of American workers did something they’d never done before: they joined a union. Emboldened by the passage of the Wagner Act, which made collective bargaining easier, unions organized industries across the country, remaking the economy. Businesses, of course, saw this as grim news. But the general public applauded labor’s new power, even in the face of union tactics that many Americans frowned on, like sit-down strikes. More than seventy per cent of those surveyed in a 1937 Gallup poll said they favored unions.
Seventy-five years later, in the wake of another economic crisis, things couldn’t be more different. The bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler saved the jobs of tens of thousands of U.A.W. workers, but were enormously unpopular. In the recent midterm elections, voters in several states passed initiatives making it harder for unions to organize. Across the country, governors and mayors wrestling with budget shortfalls are blaming public-sector unions for the problems. And in polls public support for labor has fallen to historic lows.
The hostility to labor is most obvious in the attacks on public-sector workers as what Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota’s former governor, calls “exploiters”—cosseted, overpaid bureaucrats whose gold-plated pension and health plans are busting state budgets. But there’s also been a backlash against labor generally. In 2009, for the first time ever, support for unions in the Gallup poll dipped below fifty per cent. A 2010 Pew Research poll offered even worse numbers, with just forty-one per cent of respondents saying they had a favorable view of unions, the lowest level of support in the history of that poll.
In part, this is a simple function of the weak economy. The statistician Nate Silver has found a historical correlation between the unemployment rate and the popularity of unions. Furthermore, an analysis of polling data by David Madland and Karla Walter, of the Center for American Progress, shows that, when times are bad, the approval ratings of government, business, and labor tend to drop in sync; voters, it seems, blame all powerful institutions equally. And although organized labor is much less powerful than it once was, voters don’t seem to see it that way: more than sixty per cent of respondents in the 2010 Pew poll said that unions had too much power...
The Great Depression invigorated the modern American labor movement. The Great Recession has crippled it.
#11 Sep 9, 2011
now that union man has his union card,he will blow liberals twice as hard?
#12 Jan 3, 2012
Your wife does it a lot better in the locker room.
#13 Jan 12, 2012
Without a Union you will work for a scab shop like this for $13.00 an hour...
Power Printing and Mailing is a commercial printer and mailer located in Lindenhurst, New York and we are looking for an assistant with graphic design and strong computer knowledge. Work experience at previous print shops a plus.
This is a part time position working from our plant with a starting salary of $13.00 per hour. 10% Commission will be paid on any jobs brought in outside of the shop. This is for a full time position.
-Experience in graphic design
-Strong core typography and layout skills
-Ability to quickly generate creative concepts
-Expertise in using Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Pagemaker, InDesign, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, etc.
-Ability to handle all aspects of production from pre-press, color correction, selecting printing materials and finishes
-Take full ownership of every project assigned from conception to design to
-Ability to manage workload and meet deadlines
-Solid client communication skills
-Highly experienced with computers
-Be in direct contact with our clients.
-Update client lists and jobs, manage storage.
Part time Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:30am to 5:30pm
The ideal candidate:
* Is a TEAM player but also independent
* Is capable of time management, organization, and productivity
* Possess an innate passion for connecting with people and building relationships
* Is trustworthy, honest, self-motivated
* Has a positive attitude.
* Is articulate, well spoken, and fluent in English. Proficiency in spanish is not mandatory, but is a plus.
Our company is well respected in the printing industry.
Please send a few samples of work along with resume.
#14 Jan 13, 2012
This job should pay between $25. & $30. an hour!
#15 Mar 30, 2012
Best Printers in America
#16 Apr 5, 2012
These are the types of jobs you get without a union.
Date: 2012-03-22, 10:18AM EDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org t.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
A growing design, print and sign shop is looking for one good egg to help us grow even further. We are a laid-back yet passionate workplace with an emphasis on quality, integrity and value.
Responsibilities will include job tracking, customer interaction, sign prep and assembly, basic art production, and various 'grunt' work as needed. This is a ground-floor position, but for the right person, there is unlimited growth potential. What can you bring to the table?
Experience with Adobe graphic design programs is a must. Knowledge of CorelDraw would be a huge plus. Creative thinking, ability to take direction, trustworthiness and responsibility are all equally essential.
Verifiable references and a good portfolio are an absolute must. This is a part-time position to start, and hours will vary.
The pay is not fantastic, and there are no benefits offered. Yet. Again, the sky is the limit depending on what you have to offer.
Location: Central Shore
#17 Apr 23, 2012
I'm getting so f***ing sick of this
Since: Apr 12
#18 May 4, 2012
Are you surprised that people want years of experience for an entry level position? What it actually means is that they want quality work from an experienced printer and only have to pay them entry level wage.
I actually wasn't aware that there was a printing union, but I'm very glad to find that out. You see this a lot with freelance work and outsourcing. Entry level positions are incredibly difficult to find because the market is so bad that oftentimes employers can get professional grade work at entry level prices.
That whole bit about how the great depression led to the creation of worker's unions is extremely prevalent as we are pretty close to heading to a second Great Depression.
Since: Apr 12
#19 May 8, 2012
Lack of job opportunities for graphic artists is probably what’s convincing some of them settle on entry-level positions. They need to continuously gain experience or they’ll be perpetually left behind by their seniors, of course not neglecting the fact that they need a source of income and they have the urge to get their hands on what they love doing the most. I see these unions as saviors of the printing industry. It needs representatives to bargain for the rightful wage and benefits that graphic designers deserve. Otherwise, these people will be forced to join to other industries to survive.
Since: Apr 12
#20 May 9, 2012
I think it is a combination of employers not wanting to spend money and experienced graphic designers not wanting to be out of work that is causing this bubble. To be fair, everyone is feeling the burn, but you're right, they need to keep gaining experience in order to compete on any real level.
Ideally I think there should be a union for most jobs, but that's a bit difficult not only because of the organizational aspects, but because some people simply don't want to pay union dues. It has to be a united front within the industry and this can be difficult to achieve.
#21 May 10, 2012
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