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UAWA FL A F of L American Federation of Labor Union August 1948 Pin
UAWA FL A F of L American Federation of Labor Union August 1948 Pin
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin I Support GE STRIKERS pinback STRIKE
Vintage LABOR UNION pin I Support GE STRIKERS pinback STRIKE
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1937 LABOR UNION pin CIO pinback OIL Workers International button
1937 LABOR UNION pin CIO pinback OIL Workers International button
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Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers UNION Dont Buy GRAPES
Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers UNION Dont Buy GRAPES
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Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers UNION Boycott Safeway
Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers UNION Boycott Safeway
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Labor Union Worker Protest 35 Pins Buttons COLLECTIVE BARGAINING American Way
Labor Union Worker Protest 35 Pins Buttons COLLECTIVE BARGAINING American Way
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Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers Boycott non UNION Lettuce
Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers Boycott non UNION Lettuce
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old HEALTH Care Workers LABOR UNION pin SEIU
old HEALTH Care Workers LABOR UNION pin SEIU
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Labor Union Worker Protest 3 Pins Buttons Stop Attacks On Working Families
Labor Union Worker Protest 3 Pins Buttons Stop Attacks On Working Families
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1920 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S  ERE of A Local 169
1920 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S ERE of A Local 169
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1916 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S ERE of A Local 169
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1919 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S  ERE of A Local 169
1919 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S ERE of A Local 169
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Which Side Are You On Union Labor For Clinton Gore jugate pinback button pin
Which Side Are You On Union Labor For Clinton Gore jugate pinback button pin
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Vintage pin TEAMSTERS Labor UNION pinback Banks for President TRUCK Drivers
Vintage pin TEAMSTERS Labor UNION pinback Banks for President TRUCK Drivers
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Vintage LABOR UNION Pin Lot 2 1940 TEAMSTERS 1 McGovern Political Button Pinback
Vintage LABOR UNION Pin Lot 2 1940 TEAMSTERS 1 McGovern Political Button Pinback
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Vintage May Day Pin Labor Socialist Anarchist Communist Union Badge
Vintage May Day Pin Labor Socialist Anarchist Communist Union Badge
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Vintage Across America Labor Day 1983 Carpenters union button pin
Vintage Across America Labor Day 1983 Carpenters union button pin
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Vintage Building Construction Carpenters Labor Union Pins Lot Pinbacks Buttons
Vintage Building Construction Carpenters Labor Union Pins Lot Pinbacks Buttons
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin MACHINISTS pinback STEWARD  1305
Vintage LABOR UNION pin MACHINISTS pinback STEWARD 1305
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1920s Labor UNION pinback B of L E Brotherhood of Railway Engineers RAILROAD
1920s Labor UNION pinback B of L E Brotherhood of Railway Engineers RAILROAD
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1920 LABOR UNION pin AFL pinback Erie System Federation 2
1920 LABOR UNION pin AFL pinback Erie System Federation 2
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1940s pin WWII Homefront American  British LABOR pinback UNION
1940s pin WWII Homefront American British LABOR pinback UNION
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1923 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S  ERE of A
1923 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S ERE of A
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WW II HOMEFRONT 1945 LABOR UNION pin CIO pinback Marine Workers
WW II HOMEFRONT 1945 LABOR UNION pin CIO pinback Marine Workers
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1938 Workers Alliance Of America Solidarity Security Labor Union 7 8 Celluloid
1938 Workers Alliance Of America Solidarity Security Labor Union 7 8 Celluloid
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empire state 1962 labor management exhibition may 8th 4 5 6 afl cio button union
empire state 1962 labor management exhibition may 8th 4 5 6 afl cio button union
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1957 afl cio syracuse ny be union buy union 20th annual convention labor ribbon
1957 afl cio syracuse ny be union buy union 20th annual convention labor ribbon
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Farm Workers Union California Labor UFW Protest Cause Pinback Button
Farm Workers Union California Labor UFW Protest Cause Pinback Button
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Early LABOR UNION CARPENTERS Apron Advertising Scarce
Early LABOR UNION CARPENTERS Apron Advertising Scarce
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1896 LABOR UNION RAILROAD pinback BROTHERHOOD TRAINMEN BRRT Pepsin Gum
1896 LABOR UNION RAILROAD pinback BROTHERHOOD TRAINMEN BRRT Pepsin Gum
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UNION LABOR I AM PROUD TO BE UNION BUTTON 215
UNION LABOR I AM PROUD TO BE UNION BUTTON 215
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Early 1900s pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO the Winning Side US Flag
Early 1900s pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO the Winning Side US Flag
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin United STEELWORKERS of America pinback AFL CIO
Vintage LABOR UNION pin United STEELWORKERS of America pinback AFL CIO
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Early LABOR UNION pin Join the AF of L pinback AFL button AFL
Early LABOR UNION pin Join the AF of L pinback AFL button AFL
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Vintage LABOR UNION pinback CIVIL RIGHTS Handshake
Vintage LABOR UNION pinback CIVIL RIGHTS Handshake
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1944 WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION CIO pinback MARITIME  SHIPBUILDING Workers
1944 WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION CIO pinback MARITIME SHIPBUILDING Workers
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1992 pin UNION LABOR for CLINTON  GORE Jugate pinback
1992 pin UNION LABOR for CLINTON GORE Jugate pinback
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1956 UAW Pin United Auto Workers Labor Union
1956 UAW Pin United Auto Workers Labor Union
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Early 1900s LABOR pin Independent UNION No 11 South St Paul HANDSHAKE pinback
Early 1900s LABOR pin Independent UNION No 11 South St Paul HANDSHAKE pinback
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CETA Rights Now old LABOR Union pin
CETA Rights Now old LABOR Union pin
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University Student Senate Yes USS old LABOR Union pin
University Student Senate Yes USS old LABOR Union pin
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STUDENTS SUPPORT a CONTRACT Now old LABOR Union pin
STUDENTS SUPPORT a CONTRACT Now old LABOR Union pin
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Original 1984 Labor Union Walter Mondale Presidential Campaign Button Pin
Original 1984 Labor Union Walter Mondale Presidential Campaign Button Pin
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VG Vintage Early LABOR UNION pin We Want 10 CENTS Per Hour RAISE pinback
VG Vintage Early LABOR UNION pin We Want 10 CENTS Per Hour RAISE pinback
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1942 pin LABOR UNION pinback Greater Beneficial LIFE INSURANCE 1892 1942
1942 pin LABOR UNION pinback Greater Beneficial LIFE INSURANCE 1892 1942
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Vintage FDR Campaign pin LABOR UNION New Deal pinback
Vintage FDR Campaign pin LABOR UNION New Deal pinback
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Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers con UNION Se Vive Us Bald EAGLE
Vintage UFW pin LABOR CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Workers con UNION Se Vive Us Bald EAGLE
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1940s Vote LABOR pin UNION Theme pinback button
1940s Vote LABOR pin UNION Theme pinback button
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1940s pin STEEL STRIKE pinback LABOR UNION button TRADE UNIONIST
1940s pin STEEL STRIKE pinback LABOR UNION button TRADE UNIONIST
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1908 pin AFL LABOR UNION pinback AFL American Federation of
1908 pin AFL LABOR UNION pinback AFL American Federation of
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1950 pin LABOR UNION pinback TROLLEY Cable Car button
1950 pin LABOR UNION pinback TROLLEY Cable Car button
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B 1972 pin McGOVERN anti VIETNAM WAR PEACE SHRIVER FARM WORKERS Labor UNION
B 1972 pin McGOVERN anti VIETNAM WAR PEACE SHRIVER FARM WORKERS Labor UNION
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback I Supported the WESTINGHOUSE Strikers Strike
Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback I Supported the WESTINGHOUSE Strikers Strike
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old LABOR UNION PIn anti Fast Track 1997 NAFTA Railroad
old LABOR UNION PIn anti Fast Track 1997 NAFTA Railroad
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1917 LABOR Union pin American Federation RAILROAD Workers pinback
1917 LABOR Union pin American Federation RAILROAD Workers pinback
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1896 pin LABOR UNION pinback TOBACCO Workers TWIU button
1896 pin LABOR UNION pinback TOBACCO Workers TWIU button
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LOT 10 of 28 LOT OF VTG PINBACKS BUTTONS LABOR UNION RELATED 49 WHISKER CLUB
LOT 10 of 28 LOT OF VTG PINBACKS BUTTONS LABOR UNION RELATED 49 WHISKER CLUB
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74 I AM VOTING IAM I A M LABOR UNION Vintage Pinback Button Pin
74 I AM VOTING IAM I A M LABOR UNION Vintage Pinback Button Pin
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91 VOTE YES IAM IAM LABOR UNION Vintage Pinback Button Pin
91 VOTE YES IAM IAM LABOR UNION Vintage Pinback Button Pin
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35 JANITORS WHOS NEXT MAINTENANCE  LABOR UNION Vintage Pinback Button Pin
35 JANITORS WHOS NEXT MAINTENANCE LABOR UNION Vintage Pinback Button Pin
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RARE ILGWU LABOR UNION CAMPAIGN 1 PICTURE PINBACK FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
RARE ILGWU LABOR UNION CAMPAIGN 1 PICTURE PINBACK FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
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vintage LABOR UNION pin UAW United Auto Workers button Local 599 RARE
vintage LABOR UNION pin UAW United Auto Workers button Local 599 RARE
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vintage LABOR UNION pin UAW NOVEMBER 1970 STRIKE DUES BUTTON LOCAL 599
vintage LABOR UNION pin UAW NOVEMBER 1970 STRIKE DUES BUTTON LOCAL 599
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Vintage Early Westinghouse Pin Pinback Badge Button Labor Union Promo Old
Vintage Early Westinghouse Pin Pinback Badge Button Labor Union Promo Old
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Labor union support lapel pin flag cross crossed American and union support
Labor union support lapel pin flag cross crossed American and union support
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old 1996 pin AFL CIO LABOR UNION Mujeres Votan
old 1996 pin AFL CIO LABOR UNION Mujeres Votan
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old pin LABOR UNION Local 250 Health Care Workers
old pin LABOR UNION Local 250 Health Care Workers
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin International MOLDERS and Allied Workers pinbsack button
Vintage LABOR UNION pin International MOLDERS and Allied Workers pinbsack button
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1939 Machinists and Mechanics Vintage Labor Union Badge Minnesota
1939 Machinists and Mechanics Vintage Labor Union Badge Minnesota
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1940s CIO pin LABOR UNION pinback WWII Homefront V Victory National Defense
1940s CIO pin LABOR UNION pinback WWII Homefront V Victory National Defense
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin CWA of AFL CIO pinback TELEPHONE Communications Workers
Vintage LABOR UNION pin CWA of AFL CIO pinback TELEPHONE Communications Workers
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Vintage LABOR UNION Mini badge CIO Scales of JUSTICE PAC
Vintage LABOR UNION Mini badge CIO Scales of JUSTICE PAC
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Vintage UFW pin LABOR UNION pinback CESAR CHAVEZ US Bald EAGLE Grape Workers
Vintage UFW pin LABOR UNION pinback CESAR CHAVEZ US Bald EAGLE Grape Workers
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3 Vintage UFW pin LABOR UNION pinback CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Grape Workers
3 Vintage UFW pin LABOR UNION pinback CESAR CHAVEZ Farm Grape Workers
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Vintage Chicago Carpenters Labor Union 175 Advertising Pinback Button AFL CIO
Vintage Chicago Carpenters Labor Union 175 Advertising Pinback Button AFL CIO
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1940 UAW pin United AUTO Workers LABOR UNION pinback button
1940 UAW pin United AUTO Workers LABOR UNION pinback button
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1938 pin LABOR UNION pinback OILWORKERS International button
1938 pin LABOR UNION pinback OILWORKERS International button
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Vintage Lot Labor Union Employee Membership Pinback Buttons
Vintage Lot Labor Union Employee Membership Pinback Buttons
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7 old LABOR UNION cause pins
7 old LABOR UNION cause pins
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RAILROAD Early 1900s LABOR UNION pin B of L E Lapel stud Mini Miniature badge
RAILROAD Early 1900s LABOR UNION pin B of L E Lapel stud Mini Miniature badge
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1944 WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO Shipbuilding Marine Workers
1944 WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO Shipbuilding Marine Workers
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UNUSUAL LAbor Union 1952 pin ROBERT TAFT Campaign pinback ALSO ALSO RAN
UNUSUAL LAbor Union 1952 pin ROBERT TAFT Campaign pinback ALSO ALSO RAN
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WWII Homefront 1942 LABOR UNION pin MILK Drivers DAIRY Employees AFL
WWII Homefront 1942 LABOR UNION pin MILK Drivers DAIRY Employees AFL
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1914 LABOR UNION pin National Association POSTMASTERS pinback Post Office
1914 LABOR UNION pin National Association POSTMASTERS pinback Post Office
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1945 LABOR UNION pin AFL pinback RAILROAD Switchmen Train
1945 LABOR UNION pin AFL pinback RAILROAD Switchmen Train
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin 30000 New Members pinback RAILROAD
Vintage LABOR UNION pin 30000 New Members pinback RAILROAD
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LABOR pin Early 1900s UNION pinback AFL Lapel badge Card US Bald EAGLE
LABOR pin Early 1900s UNION pinback AFL Lapel badge Card US Bald EAGLE
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1934 LABOR UNION pin American Railway Supervisors Assoc Lapel badge RAILROAD
1934 LABOR UNION pin American Railway Supervisors Assoc Lapel badge RAILROAD
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Vintage UAW Labor UNION CIO Car AUTOMOBILE Tool Die ENGINEERING Council
Vintage UAW Labor UNION CIO Car AUTOMOBILE Tool Die ENGINEERING Council
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1940s pin LABOR UNION pinback IUE WWII Homefront Pro AMERICAN
1940s pin LABOR UNION pinback IUE WWII Homefront Pro AMERICAN
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1956 LABOR UNION pin LITHOGRAPHERS pinback BOWLING Party badge Toledo
1956 LABOR UNION pin LITHOGRAPHERS pinback BOWLING Party badge Toledo
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1898 pin MECHANICS Fair pinback LABOR UNION button
1898 pin MECHANICS Fair pinback LABOR UNION button
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Early 1900s pin RAILROAD pinback LABOR UNION 30000 New Members button
Early 1900s pin RAILROAD pinback LABOR UNION 30000 New Members button
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1920 pin LABOR UNION Brotherhood RAILROAD Trainmen BTR
1920 pin LABOR UNION Brotherhood RAILROAD Trainmen BTR
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1955 AF of L American Federation of Labor Labor Union Pinback Button
1955 AF of L American Federation of Labor Labor Union Pinback Button
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UGLY FACE I ALWAYS VOTE REPUBLICAN PIN ISSUED BY ALLIED LABOR UNION
UGLY FACE I ALWAYS VOTE REPUBLICAN PIN ISSUED BY ALLIED LABOR UNION
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Frequently Asked Questions...

Do you think we will ever see some type of labor union for wrestlers + BQ?

BQ: Do you think if wrestlers already had a labor union, that some of these young deaths would of never happened?

Like the work environment wrestlers had would be substantially better. They would have job security and health benefits. So say some of them wouldn't go down the path of drugs to help performance and could end up getting addicted to drugs that would cost them their life.


Best Answer...

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Being involved in a labor dispute right now (one of the major reasons I am semi-retired from Y!A) I can tell you for a solid fact that ALL promoters will do everything they can to prevent the wrestlers from ever becoming organized into a Union.

"Strength in numbers". Unless you are part of a Union you will never know how important that is. Our local's members unanimously chose not to accept the company's contract (the company refused to negotiate any terms of the contract and instead just gave us their "take it or leave it" new set of rules) which would have taken away our job security, seniority, and numerous other rights we have fought for the past several decades, including the right to take legal action against the company if and when they are in violation of existing Labor, Federal, and State laws.

The company, rather than continue to let us work under the existing contract, while negotiations are on-going, exercised THEIR right to "lock out" the Union workers and replace us with scabs. They are playing hardball and are adamant in forcing their new set of rules upon us, taking away our rights as American workers (it should be noted that the company is not American-owned). The fight continues...

In pro wrestling, the owners/promoters have ALL of the power. Period. Any wrestler can be fired at any time for any reason, and for no reason, and that includes the likes of Cena, Undertaker, Orton, Nash, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, and even Triple H. They are paid what the promoter wants to pay them; they work when the promoter wants them to work; they don't work if the promoter doesn't want them to work. Promoters pay what percentage of medical/dental bills they choose to pay, none of them are required to pay anything, and that includes drug/alcohol rehab facilities.

Wrestlers are required to sign "exclusive" contracts (at least in the WWE and TNA) which explicitly states that they cannot work for competing promotions while employed by the promotion for which they are contracted. While these contracts do call for a specified amount of money to be paid to the wrestlers, it still limits their potential income. If the promotion doesn't use them, they draw only what the contract specifies (it's my understanding that most of the WWE and TNA wrestlers' income comes from merchandising and the "bonuses" that are paid depending where on the card you work, i.e. main events pay more than third match of the card), and cannot work for other promotions to supplement that.

Despite being forced to sign "exclusive" contracts the wrestlers still have no more rights than does any contractor you hire to rebuild your roof or build a patio for you. They do have the right to take legal action against the promoter, though.

Promoters will not ever willingly give up that power. A wrestler can be fired at any time and for any reason, with no recourse. He just packs up and moves on. The promoter holds all of the power as pertains to gimmicks, storylines, and pushes. Wrestlers can suggest ideas, but the promoter has all of the power and makes the decisions. A wrestler can refuse a gimmick or storyline that he/she feels is detrimental to his career and most of the time he/she will be fired for that. Why do you think we see so many bad gimmicks and storylines out there? Because most wrestlers know they'll be fired if they refuse to do them.

Promoters really are dictators with all of the power. Some are decent employers, most are not. It doesn't matter if there are 10 wrestlers on the roster or 200, they are still individuals dealing with the promoter one-on-one and the promoter has all of the power, for money and bookings, pushes and championships.

The only way wrestlers will ever become Unionized is to band together and take a stand against all promoters. Whether they join an existing Union (such as the Screen Actors Guild) or form a brand new one, is up to them. They will have to elect their leadership to represent them and they will have to decide amongst themselves (ALL wrestlers) what rules and guidelines they want the promoters to follow. Then they will have to negotiate with the promoters who will have their own rules and guidelines, and hammer out an agreement for which the wrestlers as a body will vote. And once that agreement is ratified it becomes the "contract" governing all promoters, all promotions, and all wrestlers (in the U.S. at least; other countries' promoters and wrestlers may not want to, and don't have to, be a part of this). It will specify pay scales, health benefits, pension plans (including 401k and IRA accounts), and various other things such as "safe working environment", handling of disputes, sick leave, etc.

In this age of big business, corporate mergers, and tyrannical corporate heads, it is even more important than ever that we don't overlook and forget about the "little guy", the one that's actually in the trenches, working his butt off, making those corporations their money.

Do I think a wrestlers' Union will ever happen?

No. The wrestlers are performers driven by ego and wanting the spotlight for themselves. Few of them really care about what happens to the "other guy". Pro wrestling, especially at the top levels (WWE and TNA) is a very cut-throat business and most of them will cut the "other guy's" legs off if it means a push for himself, especially into a championship which means more money and increased exposure.

Jesse Ventura tried to unionize the wrestlers long ago. He got some support until Vince fired him, then the other wrestlers wandered off, whistling to themselves, checking out the rose bushes outside the building. Jesse was willing and able to stand up to The Man and risk his job in order to help the boys as a whole. The boys weren't. Jesse got fired. The boys didn't. Vince made an example out of Jesse to discourage any future attempts at unionizing themselves.

WWE and TNA pay their main eventers an enormous amount of money. The rest of them don't get paid nearly as much. So there is intense competition for those main events. Just a year or two as a main eventer CAN set a person financially for life. Along with other perks, such as Vince paying for medical treatments to get his main eventer back on TV making him money. Basically, being a mainstream main eventer is just too attractive. I think most of them would rather take their chances on grabbing that brass ring and the truckloads of money and fame it brings, than "settle" for much less money but guaranteed health benefits, etc. And most of them are scared of crossing the promoters. I can tell you from experience that it's definitely not easy to stand up to The Man when that The Man signs your paychecks.

BQ: Absolutely no doubt in my mind, hell yes! Again speaking from experience, being Unionized has made my work-life much safer than it would have been without it. With each contract our plant has become safer and safer, with fewer injuries (especially serious ones) and deaths. "Strength in numbers". The company has to follow rules and regulations and we can refuse any job we feel is unsafe pending an investigation (from Union and company officials) to correct the part(s) we felt was unsafe. The company has a strict drug policy, and the Union cooperates 100% with it.

With a wrestlers Union everybody would have been working toward the same goal: entertaining the fans and going home in one piece.


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