Organized labor has consistently produced more political graphics than any other domestic movement for social change. Labor posters are often produced in the midst of a strike or boycott and convey the urgency of the times. Others are commemoratives, marking the anniversary of a victory or a martyred labor leader. They remind viewers of a too often hidden history, rally against dangerous conditions in the workplace, and warn that such injustices still occur. Although many of the posters are historical, the issues are not. The eight-hour day is no longer sacrosanct. More and more children are entering the workforce. Pesticides threaten farm workers and consumers. Sweatshops are proliferating domestically and internationally. These graphic expressions of international solidarity are a powerful combination of art and politics, crossing borders of time and place.

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Part I. Workers of the World Unite
Part II. Why Organize
        A. Workplace Hazards
        B. Child Labor
        C. Sweatshops
        D. Emerging Issues
Part III. Strikes and Boycotts
Part IV. Heroes & Martyrs
Part V. International May Day


Selected Posters from Solidarity Forever!

Cotton Dust Kills

No Scab Airline!

End Mickeymouse Bargaining

Lucía González de Parsons

Save This Right Hand

Primero de Mayo de 1947

 

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