Farm workers and the world of art? It may not seem to be a natural pairing, yet the migrant farm workers’ movement of the 1960s and 1970s generated artistic symbols of such iconic power that they not only fixed a small struggling union’s (the United Farm Workers) plight in the American public consciousness, but also helped launch a new style of Chicano art. "La Causa" cultivated new styles of artistic expression by artists sympathetic to the struggles of people who had been marginalized....
This collection of over 150 images surveys union labels, their history, and related artifacts. American Union labels evolved from the seals and coats of arms of European craft unions and were a great source of tradition and pride. Beginning as early as 1880, the union label movement became an important economic tool as organized workers looked for ways to support union jobs and to protest unfair working conditions through tactics other than strikes.
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In the array of commercial images that paper over our world, working people are rarely represented. Our Work Life documents three generations of Bay Area work and workers, offering a visual celebration of the people around us whose contributions we enjoy but are often "invisible."
Created by Kate Connell and Oscar Melara in collaboration with the Labor Archives and Research Center