Huge Announcement: We’re Union!

Meadowlark Graphics is proud to announce that we are now members of Communication Workers of America (CWA), Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector (PPMWS), local 6401. This means that we now produce union-label products, including buttons featuring the union bug. This makes us the only union button-producer in the state of Kansas.


We’re union members because we believe in unions and have benefited from their advocacy. Matt is fourth generation union and third generation CWA. His great-grandfather was a union railroad worker and his grandfather was American Postal Workers Union (APWU). Both his grandmother and father are CWA retirees. Matt and Laura’s mothers were both KNEA members.

Each generation has an obligation to improve working conditions for their sons and daughters. We are proud to continue the tradition.

“We are extremely excited to have Meadowlark Graphics join CWA Local 6401. It is imperative in this economy that we have small businesses that put out quality Union made products in this country.” said Jason Burns, President, CWA Local 6401

A little more about Communication Workers of America (CWA), Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector (PPMWS) from http://www.cwa-union.org:

“CWA was founded in 1938 at meetings in Chicago and New Orleans. First known as the National Federation of Telephone Workers, the union became the Communications Workers of America in 1947. CWA got its start in the telephone industry, but today it represents workers in all areas of communications, as well as in health care and public service, customer service and many other fields.”

“PPMWS represents over 8,000 workers in a diverse range of occupations in daily newspapers, commercial printing and mailing operations, graphic design, specialty manufacturing, publishing and distribution as well as the U. S. Government Printing Office. Our union combines the proud heritage of the International Typographical Union-the oldest continuously operating union in America-with the dynamic vision of the Communications Workers of America.”

Many thanks to our local 6401 CWA leadership, especially Anita Vawter, for working with us on this process and welcoming us to CWA!


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