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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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1960s 70s Vtg CESAR CHAVEZ UFW Labor UnionLOT Of 3 POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
1960s 70s Vtg CESAR CHAVEZ UFW Labor UnionLOT Of 3 POLITICAL PINBACK BUTTONS
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WWII Homefront 1945 Labor Union Pin Marine workers CIO
WWII Homefront 1945 Labor Union Pin Marine workers CIO
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Hoys our Boy Vintage AFL CIO Labor Union Election Pin Back
Hoys our Boy Vintage AFL CIO Labor Union Election Pin Back
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2 TWU of America LABOR UNION old Pin Button
2 TWU of America LABOR UNION old Pin Button
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Rare Antique G A P A Union Labor vintage button badge
Rare Antique G A P A Union Labor vintage button badge
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Rare Antique General electric co 63 NY Union Labor vintage pin button badge
Rare Antique General electric co 63 NY Union Labor vintage pin button badge
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1931 pin LABOR UNION pinback TEAMSTERS button HORSE Head Logo
1931 pin LABOR UNION pinback TEAMSTERS button HORSE Head Logo
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Vintage 1945 American Labor Union Pinback Duluth Minnesota Drivers and Helpers
Vintage 1945 American Labor Union Pinback Duluth Minnesota Drivers and Helpers
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CIO 1940s WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback V VICTORY Coke Chemical Gas
CIO 1940s WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback V VICTORY Coke Chemical Gas
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1980 pin TED KENNEDY pinback UAW LABOR UNION United Auto Workers
1980 pin TED KENNEDY pinback UAW LABOR UNION United Auto Workers
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Vintage LABOR Black Trade UNION pin Free SOUTH AFRICA pinback Anti APARTHEID
Vintage LABOR Black Trade UNION pin Free SOUTH AFRICA pinback Anti APARTHEID
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Labor Union Pinback Buttons 4 With 3 Others
Labor Union Pinback Buttons 4 With 3 Others
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1950 UAW Pin United Auto Workers Labor Union
1950 UAW Pin United Auto Workers Labor Union
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Vintage UAW Community Labor Union Flair Lapel Pin
Vintage UAW Community Labor Union Flair Lapel Pin
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Pinbacks Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee 1971 1973 labor union
Pinbacks Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee 1971 1973 labor union
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Vintage UAW Labor Union Lapel Pin Dark Rich Patina
Vintage UAW Labor Union Lapel Pin Dark Rich Patina
$8.29
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1916 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S  ERE of A ALBANY NY
1916 pin LABOR UNION Trolley Car pinback AA of S ERE of A ALBANY NY
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Vintage 1900 1912 Labor Day Patriotic Union Pinback Button Badge Pin
Vintage 1900 1912 Labor Day Patriotic Union Pinback Button Badge Pin
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Vintage 1949 BRT B of RT Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Labor Union Pinback
Vintage 1949 BRT B of RT Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Labor Union Pinback
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VTG Workers Labor Union Teamsters Chauffers Helpers A F of L Pinback Buttons
VTG Workers Labor Union Teamsters Chauffers Helpers A F of L Pinback Buttons
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B of R T 1896 pin LABOR UNION pinback Brotherhood of RAILROAD Trainme
B of R T 1896 pin LABOR UNION pinback Brotherhood of RAILROAD Trainme
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old UAW pin LABOR union SOLIDARITY 1992 dated NY NJ
old UAW pin LABOR union SOLIDARITY 1992 dated NY NJ
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1942 pin WWII HOMEFRONT LABOR UNION AFL American Federation of GRAIN Processors
1942 pin WWII HOMEFRONT LABOR UNION AFL American Federation of GRAIN Processors
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1928 LABOR UNION pin Penn State Assoc LETTER CARRIERS James BUCHANAN Post Office
1928 LABOR UNION pin Penn State Assoc LETTER CARRIERS James BUCHANAN Post Office
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback Order United American MECHANICS
Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback Order United American MECHANICS
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VINTAGE Boot  Shoe Workers LABOR UNION Pocket Mirror
VINTAGE Boot Shoe Workers LABOR UNION Pocket Mirror
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1930s pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR LABOR UNION ILGWU
1930s pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR LABOR UNION ILGWU
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1938 pin LABOR UNION Building Service Employees hands handshake button
1938 pin LABOR UNION Building Service Employees hands handshake button
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1992 pin TRANSPORT Workers UNION for CLINTON pinback LABOR button
1992 pin TRANSPORT Workers UNION for CLINTON pinback LABOR button
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1916 pin LABOR UNION pinback Street  Electric Railway Employees RAILROAD
1916 pin LABOR UNION pinback Street Electric Railway Employees RAILROAD
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1940s pin WWII HOMEFRONT pinback Mercury AIRCRAFT Aviation LABOR UNION
1940s pin WWII HOMEFRONT pinback Mercury AIRCRAFT Aviation LABOR UNION
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1968 pin Hubert HUMPHREY pinback HHH button CHAVEZ Grape Workers UNION Labor
1968 pin Hubert HUMPHREY pinback HHH button CHAVEZ Grape Workers UNION Labor
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LABOR UNION pin AFL CIO COPE pinback button
LABOR UNION pin AFL CIO COPE pinback button
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LABOR UNION pin NEW DEAL Era FDR Franklin ROOSEVELT Straight AFL DEMOCRAT
LABOR UNION pin NEW DEAL Era FDR Franklin ROOSEVELT Straight AFL DEMOCRAT
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old UFT Pin Labor UNION Teacher LOBBY March 5 1996
old UFT Pin Labor UNION Teacher LOBBY March 5 1996
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1939 Pre WWII Homefront pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO OIL Workers International
1939 Pre WWII Homefront pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO OIL Workers International
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1930s Pre WWII Homefront pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO UAW United AUTO Wokjers
1930s Pre WWII Homefront pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO UAW United AUTO Wokjers
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1937 LABOR UNION pin AFL pinback REFRIGERATOR Workers button
1937 LABOR UNION pin AFL pinback REFRIGERATOR Workers button
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback United Federation POSTAL CLERKS AFL CIO
Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback United Federation POSTAL CLERKS AFL CIO
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Early 1900s TEACHER Pocket Mirror LABOR UNION Balloons CLOWN Lancaster Pa
Early 1900s TEACHER Pocket Mirror LABOR UNION Balloons CLOWN Lancaster Pa
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1944 WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO United PACKINGHOUSE Workers
1944 WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback CIO United PACKINGHOUSE Workers
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FORD UAW Enamel pin AUTOMOBILE Labor UNION Car pinback
FORD UAW Enamel pin AUTOMOBILE Labor UNION Car pinback
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Early 1900s pin LABOR UNION pinback RAE button CULINARY Workers
Early 1900s pin LABOR UNION pinback RAE button CULINARY Workers
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1996 pin CLINTON GORE Jugate pinback LABOR UNION button
1996 pin CLINTON GORE Jugate pinback LABOR UNION button
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1932 pin LABOR UNION pinback MILK WAGON Drivers TEAMSTERS Dairy Employees
1932 pin LABOR UNION pinback MILK WAGON Drivers TEAMSTERS Dairy Employees
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1913 pin LABOR UNION pinback TROLLEY Cable Car button A
1913 pin LABOR UNION pinback TROLLEY Cable Car button A
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1913 pin LABOR UNION pinback TROLLEY Cable Car button B
1913 pin LABOR UNION pinback TROLLEY Cable Car button B
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Early 1900s pin LABOR UNION pinback RAILROAD Plum Plan League HANDSHAKE
Early 1900s pin LABOR UNION pinback RAILROAD Plum Plan League HANDSHAKE
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1942 pin AFL LABOR UNION George Washington Federation Everett WWII Homefront
1942 pin AFL LABOR UNION George Washington Federation Everett WWII Homefront
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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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LABOR UNION A of M Pencil Clip by bastian brothers
LABOR UNION A of M Pencil Clip by bastian brothers
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LABOR UNION A of M Pencil Clip by bastian bros
LABOR UNION A of M Pencil Clip by bastian bros
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1949 LABOR UNION pin SV Employees Federation pinback Paulsboro New Jersey
1949 LABOR UNION pin SV Employees Federation pinback Paulsboro New Jersey
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1940s LSW LABOR UNION pin WWII Homefront pinback V for VICTORY
1940s LSW LABOR UNION pin WWII Homefront pinback V for VICTORY
$30.00
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1946 Post WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION RUCK Oil Drivers Filling Station Worker
1946 Post WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION RUCK Oil Drivers Filling Station Worker
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1908 pin National League POSTMASTERS pinback LABOR UNION Post Office
1908 pin National League POSTMASTERS pinback LABOR UNION Post Office
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1908 LABOR pin TRUCK DRIVERS UNION pinback TEAMSTERS
1908 LABOR pin TRUCK DRIVERS UNION pinback TEAMSTERS
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1914 pin NEA pinback LABOR UNION Los Angeles TEACHER
1914 pin NEA pinback LABOR UNION Los Angeles TEACHER
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RAILROAD 1940s pin WWII HOMEFRONT pinback VETERAN Mini badge LABOR UNION
RAILROAD 1940s pin WWII HOMEFRONT pinback VETERAN Mini badge LABOR UNION
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Heat  Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 17 Chicago IL big 17
Heat Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 17 Chicago IL big 17
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Heat  Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 87 San Antonio Austin
Heat Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 87 San Antonio Austin
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Heat  Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 22 Texas Shaped
Heat Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 22 Texas Shaped
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Heat  Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 12 NYC 100th anniversary
Heat Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin Local 12 NYC 100th anniversary
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Heat  Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin 30th General Convention Las Vegas
Heat Frost Insulators Labor Union Lapel Pin 30th General Convention Las Vegas
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old CUNY Adjuncts Unite Pin Labor UNION professor
old CUNY Adjuncts Unite Pin Labor UNION professor
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Early A F of L Labor Union Workers Vintage Socialist Pinback Button Pin Badge
Early A F of L Labor Union Workers Vintage Socialist Pinback Button Pin Badge
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1956 pins LABOR UNION 3 BUILDING Trades Council pinbacks AFL buttons
1956 pins LABOR UNION 3 BUILDING Trades Council pinbacks AFL buttons
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Vintage Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR Tab Style badge UAW LABOR UNION
Vintage Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR Tab Style badge UAW LABOR UNION
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Vintage pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR LABOR UNION TEAMSTERS
Vintage pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR LABOR UNION TEAMSTERS
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LABOR Union 1940s WWII Homefront pin V VICTORY pinback OIL WORKERS International
LABOR Union 1940s WWII Homefront pin V VICTORY pinback OIL WORKERS International
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LABOR Union JESSE JACKSON 1988 pin CAMPAIGN pinback President SEIU Rainbow
LABOR Union JESSE JACKSON 1988 pin CAMPAIGN pinback President SEIU Rainbow
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LABOR Union 1940s WWII Homefront pin TEAMSTERS pinback DRIVERS Warehouse Helpers
LABOR Union 1940s WWII Homefront pin TEAMSTERS pinback DRIVERS Warehouse Helpers
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RAILROAD 1912 LABOR UNION pin B of L E badge 10th Convention Harrisburg medal
RAILROAD 1912 LABOR UNION pin B of L E badge 10th Convention Harrisburg medal
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Early 1900s pin FIREMEN PARADE pinback LABOR DAY Union Firefighting
Early 1900s pin FIREMEN PARADE pinback LABOR DAY Union Firefighting
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3 Unusual ILGWU Ladies Garment Workers Union Pincushions Etuis Labor
3 Unusual ILGWU Ladies Garment Workers Union Pincushions Etuis Labor
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IWA 1961 Convention DELEGATE Badge Miami AFL CIO Labor Union
IWA 1961 Convention DELEGATE Badge Miami AFL CIO Labor Union
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Early 1900s LABOR UNION pin We STAND for PRINCIPLE pinback button
Early 1900s LABOR UNION pin We STAND for PRINCIPLE pinback button
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1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button
1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button
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1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button B October
1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button B October
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1942 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button February
1942 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button February
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1941 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button
1941 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button
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1945 pin LABOR UNION pinback TRUCK DRIVERS button CHAUFFEURS
1945 pin LABOR UNION pinback TRUCK DRIVERS button CHAUFFEURS
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old pin LABOR UNION Local 420 Save Our City Hospitals
old pin LABOR UNION Local 420 Save Our City Hospitals
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1996 Working Women VOTE 96 AFL CIO Labor Union Campaign Pin Button Pinback
1996 Working Women VOTE 96 AFL CIO Labor Union Campaign Pin Button Pinback
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Help Boycott Coors Beer PIPEFITTERS LOCAL UNION 208 Denver COLORADO Labor CO
Help Boycott Coors Beer PIPEFITTERS LOCAL UNION 208 Denver COLORADO Labor CO
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COORS BEER Union Boycott Button I DONT DRINK STRIKE Labor Movement COLORADO US
COORS BEER Union Boycott Button I DONT DRINK STRIKE Labor Movement COLORADO US
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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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1890s pin ANGELS pinback Top Round Labor UNION Made SHOE Lapel Stud ART NOVEAU
1890s pin ANGELS pinback Top Round Labor UNION Made SHOE Lapel Stud ART NOVEAU
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Strikes Hurt Everybody old pin anti LABOR UNION
Strikes Hurt Everybody old pin anti LABOR UNION
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Vintage pin Anti LABOR Union pinback UAW  Unrest and Worry
Vintage pin Anti LABOR Union pinback UAW Unrest and Worry
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1944 WWII Homefront LABOR UNION pinback CIO United Farm Equipment Metal Worersk
1944 WWII Homefront LABOR UNION pinback CIO United Farm Equipment Metal Worersk
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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...

Answer:

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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