Socially Conscious Printing

I’ve just started my internship at NAPAWF and have been bombarded by all kinds of information that I would like to share with others, including a list of worker-owned union print shops for all your radical copy & printing needs.  Print a protest poster while supporting workers!

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Inkworks Press
(Berkeley, CA)

Founded in 1974, Inkworks Press is a worker collective and union shop, affiliated with the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. As a union shop, all your printed material gets a union label, or a union ‘bug’ placed on them. Inkworks is also environmentally friendly — stocked with all the recycled paper you’d want!

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Collective Copies (Amherst and Florence, MA)
This Western Mass-based printing center is a member of UE Local 274 and worker-owned. Collective Copies also only uses recycled paper and even has tree-free alternatives. 10% of their yearly profits also go to local organizations related to “human rights, creative expressions, and living things.”

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Salsedo Press Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Salsedo Press has been providing printing services in 1969, and is a Union Shop, worker-owned, and a City of Chicago certified Minority Business Enterprise (um, like people of color? who knows).  There are all kinds of “environmentally responsible” options like petroleum-free, toxin-free, vegetable based process, and even soy inks! Edible printing? Yum.

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P&L Printing (Denver, CO)
Recently expanded business of P&L Printing is a proud worker-owned union shop. Its workers not only print for organizations, but are also actively involved in local grassroots organizations working towards social justice! They are a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Communications Workers of America (Local 7777).  P&L offers environmentally friendly toners, inks, and paper.

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Radix Media (NYC)
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Radix Media is a worker-owned union print shop that was formerly known as OccuCopy, a shop that grew out of the Occupy Movement. Radix use vegetable-based inks and solvents, alcohol-free dampening systems on offset presses, and their house paper is 100% post-consumer recycled.

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