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Labor Union Poster

National Museum of American History

Labor Union Contract Signing

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Digital contact sheet available.

Requested from Photographic Services Division by Office of Public Affairs.

Contract signing between labor union American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Smithsonian Institution representatives in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, with Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and Director of Personnel, Vincent J. Doyle.

The Cry of Labor

National Museum of American History

Labor Day Parade

National Museum of American History

Slave Labor

National Museum of American History

The Truth About the Labor Movement

National Museum of American History

Unions in Steel

National Museum of American History

The United Labor and People's Committee for May Day pamphlet

Archives of American Art
1 pamphlet : ill. ; 21 x 14 cm.

Hugo Gellert designed the cover.

Labor for Mondale

National Museum of American History

No Child Labor, No Prison Labor, No PTNR for China

National Museum of American History

Kansas City post office bowling league pin

National Postal Museum
Kansas City Post Office Bowling League pin, a gold medallion on black ribbon, that belonged to the donor's paternal great-uncle, Garde H. Hines. Mr. Hines was employed with the Kansas City post office.

Southwest Postal Association convention badge

National Postal Museum
This airplane-shaped pin from the 1912 Southwest Postal Association Second Biennial Convention belonged to Garde H. Hines, an employee of the Kansas City post office. It has a small replica postcard attached.

FDR signs Labor's Magna Charta

National Museum of American History

40th Anniversary International Ladies Garment Workers Union Convention Badge, 1940

National Museum of American History
Demand for inexpensive, mass-produced women’s clothing spurred the rise of early garment factories. The ILGWU was formed in 1900 by bringing together several smaller local unions to fight to end sweatshop production, higher wages, and improve working conditions in the cities where the garment factories were located. Building on the success of the 1909 New York City shirtwaist makers’ strike and the 1910 New York cloakmakers’ strike the union quickly grew to be one of the strongest labor organizations in the country. This guest badge for the 40th anniversary ILGWU convention includes a silver-colored medallion in the shape of a spool of thread.

Delegate badge from NFPOC convention

National Postal Museum
The red, white, and blue ribbon identified the wearer as a delegate at the 115th Biennial National Convention of the National Federation of Post Office Clerks (NFPOC) held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from September 5-9, 1927. The suspended medal is in the shape of the state of Indiana with an imprint of the Soldiers' and Sailor's monument in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The NFPOC formed in Chicago in 1906 and received a charter from the American Federation of Labor. In 1961 the NFPOC joined the United National Association of Post Office Clerks to form the United Federation of Postal Clerks (UFPC). On July 1, 1971, the UFPC merged with four other unions to found the American Postal Workers Union.

Delegate badge for NFPOC&M convention

National Postal Museum
The metal-framed tag identified the wearer as a delegate from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The red, white, and blue ribbon shows the delegate was in attendance at the first national convention of the National Federation of Post Office Chauffeurs and Mechanics (NFPOC&M) union held in Chicago, Illinois, from September 7-9, 1935. The suspended medal features a figurative imprint of a building listed as the city’s “$5,000,000 Municipal Pier,” today known as Navy Pier.

The NFPOC&M was formed in 1923. The union changed its name to the National Federation of Post Office Motor Vehicle Employees in 1939. On July 1, 1971, this federation merged with four other unions to found the American Postal Workers Union.

National Association of Post Office Mechanics convention badge

National Postal Museum
Convention badge from the National Convention of the National Association of Post Office Mechanics (NAPOM) was worn by Orville P Clark, national president, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 25-28, 1941.

The NAPOM was founded in 1937. The union changed its name in 1945 and by 1947 it merged with the National Association of Post Office Custodial Employees to become the National Association of Post Office and General Service Maintenance Employees. On July 1, 1971, this union merged with four others to found the American Postal Workers Union.

Special Delivery Messengers' Association banner

National Postal Museum
The maroon banner with gold-colored border and lettering represents the National Association of Special Delivery Messengers’ local branch 24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the center, the maroon letters “NASDM” stand out on a golden rectangle set in front of a wheel with Mercury’s wings.

The National Association of Special Delivery Messengers was organized in 1932, ten years before these contract workers became part of the Civil Service. On July 1, 1971, this association merged with four other unions to form the American Postal Workers Union.

NALC convention delegate badge

National Postal Museum
Light-blue ribbon identified the wearer as a delegate at the18th Convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) held in Rochester, New York, from September 4-9, 1911. The suspended medal includes the NALC’s distinctive symbol, adopted in 1891, of a hand holding a stamped letter addressed “U.S.A” that is encircled by the union’s name.

Letter carriers were the first postal workers to form a union. The NALC was founded to represent city delivery letter carriers on August 30, 1889, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Reference:

http://www.nalc.org/nalc/facthist/index.html (Accessed April 11, 2006)

Badge for NAPS convention

National Postal Museum
The metal framed tag identified the wearer as Leon Turner of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The blue ribbon shows that Mr. Turner was in attendance at the third annual convention for the South Dakota State Branch of the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) held in Pierre, South Dakota, from August 23-24, 1940.

NAPS formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1908. As with most postal unions and associations, NAPS had state branches that also held conventions in addition to the organization’s national ones.

Badge from NARPC convention

National Postal Museum
A member of the National Association of Railway Postal Clerks (NARPC) wore this badge at the 1904 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The upper metal tag has two cod fish, symbols of Boston, flanking a shield imprinted “US Mail”. It is connected by a red ribbon to a hanging medal with another figurative representation of Massachusetts, a man dressed in seventeenth-century Pilgrim clothing.

The NARPC voted to change its name at this 1904 convention and became the Railway Mail Association (RMA). Through mergers, the RMA ultimately became part of the American Postal Workers Union.

Badge for NAPUS convention

National Postal Museum
The metal-framed tag identified the wearer as A. O. Klingen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The blue ribbon shows that Klingen was in attendance at the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS) conventions held in St. Paul, Minnesota, from September 21-23, 1938. The state seal of Minnesota appears in gold print on the ribbon.

NAPUS formed in 1898, at a time when postmasters gained their jobs through political appointment. In 1938, the year of this convention badge, postmasters became part of the Civil Service system under the O’Mahoney-Ramspeck Act.

Convention badge from Joint Convention of Minnesota postal employees

National Postal Museum
Convention ribbon badge from the 12th Annual Joint Convention of Minnesota Postal Employees, worn by O. M. Helene of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The convention was held in International Falls, Minnesota, July 30-31, 1937.

Joint Convention of Postal Carriers and Clerks Convention Badge

National Postal Museum
Convention ribbon badge from the Joint Convention of Postal Carriers and Clerks. The convention was held in Cloquet, Minnesota, July 14-15, 1916.
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