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1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button
1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback TAXICAB DRIVERS button
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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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1938 LABOR UNION pin WAA pinback WORKERS ALLAINCE of Amervca SOCIALIST Party
1938 LABOR UNION pin WAA pinback WORKERS ALLAINCE of Amervca SOCIALIST Party
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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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vintage LABOR UNION pin lot UAW 76 pension STRIKE BUTTON LOCAL 892
vintage LABOR UNION pin lot UAW 76 pension STRIKE BUTTON LOCAL 892
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Pinback Button Lot Pennsylvania Philly Elections Unions Rare AF of L Labor
Pinback Button Lot Pennsylvania Philly Elections Unions Rare AF of L Labor
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5 Vintage UAW USWA USA Trade Labor Union Pins Buttons Steelworkers Auto Workers
5 Vintage UAW USWA USA Trade Labor Union Pins Buttons Steelworkers Auto Workers
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Campaign Buttons Mccarthy Nixon Agnew Reagan Bush 1941 Federal Labor Union
Campaign Buttons Mccarthy Nixon Agnew Reagan Bush 1941 Federal Labor Union
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Strikes Hurt Everybody old pin anti LABOR UNION
Strikes Hurt Everybody old pin anti LABOR UNION
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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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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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Lot of Two Vintage 1920 Labor Union Pinback Membership Dues Paid LU BMW ERS
Lot of Two Vintage 1920 Labor Union Pinback Membership Dues Paid LU BMW ERS
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CIO 1944 pin WWII HOMEFRONT pinback LABOR UNION UPWA MEATPACKING
CIO 1944 pin WWII HOMEFRONT pinback LABOR UNION UPWA MEATPACKING
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1909 LABOR pin Intl Assn CAR WORKERS UNION pinback IA of CW
1909 LABOR pin Intl Assn CAR WORKERS UNION pinback IA of CW
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AVIATION 1938 LABOR Union pin AERONAUTICAL MECHANICS pinback AFL WINGS Graphic
AVIATION 1938 LABOR Union pin AERONAUTICAL MECHANICS pinback AFL WINGS Graphic
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LABOR Union pin WWII HOMEFRONT V VICTORY STEEL Workers Organizing Committee
LABOR Union pin WWII HOMEFRONT V VICTORY STEEL Workers Organizing Committee
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1953 pin LABOR UNION afl tlc OF c b m w e
1953 pin LABOR UNION afl tlc OF c b m w e
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Vintage CON EDISON pin LABOR UNION pinback BEE Brotherhood Employees
Vintage CON EDISON pin LABOR UNION pinback BEE Brotherhood Employees
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1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback United FARM Equipment Workers
1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback United FARM Equipment Workers
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1941 pin LABOR UNION pinback United FARM Equipment Workers
1941 pin LABOR UNION pinback United FARM Equipment Workers
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1945 pin LABOR UNION pinback United FARM Equipment Workers
1945 pin LABOR UNION pinback United FARM Equipment Workers
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1939 pin LABOR UNION pinback AFL February button
1939 pin LABOR UNION pinback AFL February button
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1966 pin LABOR UNION Pinback CARPENTERS button Legislative Improvement Committee
1966 pin LABOR UNION Pinback CARPENTERS button Legislative Improvement Committee
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION Pinback member B L FEW Organized 1873
Vintage pin LABOR UNION Pinback member B L FEW Organized 1873
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B of LE UNITE B OF LF  E railroad labor union pin pinback button
B of LE UNITE B OF LF E railroad labor union pin pinback button
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AF of L Labor Union Pinback Boiler Makers Local 72 Dated Dec 1942
AF of L Labor Union Pinback Boiler Makers Local 72 Dated Dec 1942
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1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 2
1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 2
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1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 3
1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 3
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1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 4
1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 4
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1931 LABOR UNION pin B T C pinback JAMESTOWN  Vicinity
1931 LABOR UNION pin B T C pinback JAMESTOWN Vicinity
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1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 1
1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 1
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TEAMSTERS 1938 pin LABOR UNION pinback AFL ICE Cream MILK Dairy C
TEAMSTERS 1938 pin LABOR UNION pinback AFL ICE Cream MILK Dairy C
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1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 2
1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 2
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1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 3
1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 3
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin CIO pinback UMW MINE Smelter Mill Workers
Vintage LABOR UNION pin CIO pinback UMW MINE Smelter Mill Workers
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1930s pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR LABOR UNION ACWA Communications
1930s pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT pinback FDR LABOR UNION ACWA Communications
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1915 pin LABOR UNION pinback American Federation of RAILROAD Workers
1915 pin LABOR UNION pinback American Federation of RAILROAD Workers
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1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 4
1921 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA 4
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1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA
1922 pin LABOR UNION pinback RCIPA
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LOCAL UNION NO 11S LABOR DAY MEMBER BADGE W TOKEN PIN
LOCAL UNION NO 11S LABOR DAY MEMBER BADGE W TOKEN PIN
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1941 pin LABOR UNION pinback AFL button TEAMSTERS Truck Drivers
1941 pin LABOR UNION pinback AFL button TEAMSTERS Truck Drivers
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CIO 1940s WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback UAW United Automobile Workers
CIO 1940s WWII HOMEFRONT pin LABOR UNION pinback UAW United Automobile Workers
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TEAMSTERS 1968 LABOR UNION pin pinback button trucking
TEAMSTERS 1968 LABOR UNION pin pinback button trucking
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1940s pin UAW United Auto Workers LABOR UNION CIO Get In and Win pinback button
1940s pin UAW United Auto Workers LABOR UNION CIO Get In and Win pinback button
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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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1896 pin LABOR UNION pinback RAILROAD
1896 pin LABOR UNION pinback RAILROAD
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1939 LABOR UNION pin GASOLINE Station PARKING Attendants TEAMSTERS Milwaukee
1939 LABOR UNION pin GASOLINE Station PARKING Attendants TEAMSTERS Milwaukee
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1937 pin LABOR UNION pinback UAW AFL button United Auto Workers
1937 pin LABOR UNION pinback UAW AFL button United Auto Workers
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1938 pin WA of A pinback WORKERS ALLIANCE Socialist LABOR Union Communist
1938 pin WA of A pinback WORKERS ALLIANCE Socialist LABOR Union Communist
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1960s LABOR Black Trade UNION pin Free SOUTH AFRICA pinback Anti APARTHEID
1960s LABOR Black Trade UNION pin Free SOUTH AFRICA pinback Anti APARTHEID
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1930s John L LEWIS pinback STRIKE Souvenir UMW LABOR UNION United Mine Workers
1930s John L LEWIS pinback STRIKE Souvenir UMW LABOR UNION United Mine Workers
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old LABOR UNION pin BUS DRIVER Button Pinback 1949
old LABOR UNION pin BUS DRIVER Button Pinback 1949
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old LABOR UNION pin 1940 Kalamazoo BUILDING Trade
old LABOR UNION pin 1940 Kalamazoo BUILDING Trade
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old LABOR UNION pin 1940 UAW United Auto Workers
old LABOR UNION pin 1940 UAW United Auto Workers
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Vintage LABOR UNION pinback CIVIL RIGHTS AFL CIO Public Employees Federation
Vintage LABOR UNION pinback CIVIL RIGHTS AFL CIO Public Employees Federation
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old LABOR UNION Pin ILGWU We Are One pinback button
old LABOR UNION Pin ILGWU We Are One pinback button
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Vintage UAW CIO pin LABOR UNION Assessment Paid Tab badge United AUTO Workers
Vintage UAW CIO pin LABOR UNION Assessment Paid Tab badge United AUTO Workers
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Vintage LABOR UNION pin Helping D X Mid Continent STRIKERS Gasoline STRIKE
Vintage LABOR UNION pin Helping D X Mid Continent STRIKERS Gasoline STRIKE
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1940s WWII HOMEFRONT pin V for VICTORY pinback LABOR Union VOLUNTEERS VLV
1940s WWII HOMEFRONT pin V for VICTORY pinback LABOR Union VOLUNTEERS VLV
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Vintage Lot Franklin Roosevelt Labor Union Campaign Advertising Pinback Buttons
Vintage Lot Franklin Roosevelt Labor Union Campaign Advertising Pinback Buttons
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old anti LABOR UNION Pin PHEW  on the TWU
old anti LABOR UNION Pin PHEW on the TWU
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HR 1784 Labor Union Pin DD
HR 1784 Labor Union Pin DD
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LABOR Union 1996 pin CLINTON GORE pinback United MINE WORKERS UMWA
LABOR Union 1996 pin CLINTON GORE pinback United MINE WORKERS UMWA
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Vintage Lot of 5 Labor Union Employee Pinback Buttons UAW
Vintage Lot of 5 Labor Union Employee Pinback Buttons UAW
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old LABOR UNION Pin TWU March on Albany
old LABOR UNION Pin TWU March on Albany
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Vintage Union Pinback Button Pin Badge 1930s United Auto Workers Vote Labor
Vintage Union Pinback Button Pin Badge 1930s United Auto Workers Vote Labor
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback National Association LETTER CARRIERS Post Office
Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback National Association LETTER CARRIERS Post Office
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Old LABOR UNION pin MACHINISTS pinback Non Partisian POLITICAL League Initial M
Old LABOR UNION pin MACHINISTS pinback Non Partisian POLITICAL League Initial M
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Early LABOR UNION pin RAILWAY EMPLOYEEES Booster Club Ride With US
Early LABOR UNION pin RAILWAY EMPLOYEEES Booster Club Ride With US
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1990s pin TEAMSTERS for CLINTON pinback LABOR UNION Truck Drivers
1990s pin TEAMSTERS for CLINTON pinback LABOR UNION Truck Drivers
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback CWA TELEPHONE Communication Workers
Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback CWA TELEPHONE Communication Workers
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UNCLE SAM 1940s pin WWII Homefront pinback LABOR Union IB of EW DEFENSE
UNCLE SAM 1940s pin WWII Homefront pinback LABOR Union IB of EW DEFENSE
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Vintage pin LABOR MARTYR pinback Free Tom MOONEY Union Activist
Vintage pin LABOR MARTYR pinback Free Tom MOONEY Union Activist
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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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Vintage PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD pin LABOR UNION AFL Employees Department Railway
Vintage PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD pin LABOR UNION AFL Employees Department Railway
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CLU  Central LABOR UNION  Vintage pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT Campaign FDR
CLU Central LABOR UNION Vintage pin Franklin D ROOSEVELT Campaign FDR
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1944 WWII Homefront pin LABOR UNION Building Trades Council Handshake
1944 WWII Homefront pin LABOR UNION Building Trades Council Handshake
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Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback United PAPER MILL Workers button CIO
Vintage pin LABOR UNION pinback United PAPER MILL Workers button CIO
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old CUNY PSC NYSUT AFL CIO Pin Labor UNION
old CUNY PSC NYSUT AFL CIO Pin Labor UNION
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LABOR UNION Vintage pin BASEBALL Booster HOTEL Restaurant BARTENDERS AFL
LABOR UNION Vintage pin BASEBALL Booster HOTEL Restaurant BARTENDERS AFL
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March 18 1898 Instituted Union Miners Steel Workers Firemen Labor Pinback
March 18 1898 Instituted Union Miners Steel Workers Firemen Labor Pinback
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1940 1941 4 LABOR UNION Pin CONSTRUCTION steam shovel
1940 1941 4 LABOR UNION Pin CONSTRUCTION steam shovel
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1941 3 LABOR UNION Street Electric Railway pin button
1941 3 LABOR UNION Street Electric Railway pin button
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1937 40 41 3 LABOR UNION Street Electric Railway pin
1937 40 41 3 LABOR UNION Street Electric Railway pin
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2 LABOR UNION Street Electric Railway pin 1940 1941
2 LABOR UNION Street Electric Railway pin 1940 1941
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2 LABOR UNION trolley cable car 1913 1928 pin button
2 LABOR UNION trolley cable car 1913 1928 pin button
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UNITED STEEL WORKERS OF AMERICA CIO UNION CHECK OFF Pin 1952 Button Labor Badge
UNITED STEEL WORKERS OF AMERICA CIO UNION CHECK OFF Pin 1952 Button Labor Badge
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Immigrant Justice SEIU Labor union Worker Political Campaign Pin Pinback Button
Immigrant Justice SEIU Labor union Worker Political Campaign Pin Pinback Button
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Early 1900s LABOR UNION Pocket WATCH Engravers AFL Pocket Mirror WCEIA of A
Early 1900s LABOR UNION Pocket WATCH Engravers AFL Pocket Mirror WCEIA of A
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Vintage UAW CIO pin LABOR UNION pinback Organize the Unorganized Tab badge
Vintage UAW CIO pin LABOR UNION pinback Organize the Unorganized Tab badge
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1933 pin SAMUEL GOMPERS Memorial pin AFL Labor UNION Founder CIGAR Maker
1933 pin SAMUEL GOMPERS Memorial pin AFL Labor UNION Founder CIGAR Maker
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1930s pin NEW DEAL Era pinback LABOR Interests Paramount UNION
1930s pin NEW DEAL Era pinback LABOR Interests Paramount UNION
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1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback button Local 61 RHAE
1940 pin LABOR UNION pinback button Local 61 RHAE
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TELEPHONE 1940s LABOR UNION Pocket Mirror TELEGRAPH CWA Communication Workers
TELEPHONE 1940s LABOR UNION Pocket Mirror TELEGRAPH CWA Communication Workers
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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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