Monday, September 2, 2013

It’s Labor Day...have you looked for the union label?

Thanks to legions of union garment workers, we had a thriving clothing industry in the United States, now essentially off-shored.

The delivery may be out-of-style in this 1981 ad, but the message still sounds right:

Look for the union label
When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse.
Remember somewhere our union’s sewing
our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,
We work hard but who’s complaining.
Thanks to the I.L.G. we’re paying our way.
So, always look for the union label,
it says we’re able
to make it in the U.S.A.

You can still look for the union label, in vintage clothing.
Just a few of the choices with ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) labels at denisebrain this week:

1950s to early 60s party dress by Jr. Theme, with the union label used 1955-63
1960s coat with the label used 1963-74
1970s dress with the label used 1974-95


Anonymous said...

I remember those ads. And I'm glad to hear that manufacturing is coming back to the US, and I hope that means clothing, too.

denisebrain said...

It does mean clothing Val, but we aren't making what we used to make...hardly anybody, anywhere is. Part of it is the manufacturing, part the designing and part the price we will pay.