Putting My Values to the Test – Off to the Printers!!!

At long, long, long (LONG!) last we sent the 2011 edition of Los Angeles Labor 411 to the printers (LATE!) yesterday evening.

Of course we had to celebrate. So, right before we sent our files over to the printer, I sent one of my assistants out to buy some beer to toast our success. Being a bit of a beer snob, he returned with two six packs of Mad River Brewing Company’s Steelhead Extra Pale Ale and Steelhead Porter.

I almost fell over. I snapped at him, “You’re expecting us to toast the completion of LA Labor 411 with a microbrewery beer! That’s not union!”

My designer laughed, “What? You didn’t get Budweiser?”

My assistant looks at me like I’d lost my mind, {Keep in mind. It’s been two weeks of 14 hour days getting this directory finished. I’m the boss. I figure I’m entitled to lose my mind occasionally} and says matter-of-factly, “What are you talking about? It’s made by IAM.”

Well, it turns out that my assistant knows the directory better than I do. Mad River is made by workers from IAM-AW—the machinists union. Unions sometimes make strange bedfellows. Some beers are also made by the United Auto Workers and day before I discovered a unionized insurance company that belongs to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers union. Curious.

So I calmed down and we cracked open some beers (I had a Pale Ale) and I toasted, “Here’s to finally finishing another Labor 411! WOOHOO!!!” We clinked bottles and let me tell you, Mad River Steelhead Extra Pale Ale is really good. I’ve got nothing against Bud Light, but thank goodness this beer is union. It’s going in my refrigerator from now on.

A minute later we sent off the files to California Offset Printers http://www.copprints.com/printing.aspx an of course unionized printing company. I felt like I could finally take a breath for the first time in two weeks. It was nice.

COPlogoWe’ve added a Green section to this year’s edition that I’m rather proud of. California unions have a big stake in the upcoming Green economy  and we wanted to highlight that this year. We even printed the directory Green! Yes, there’s green on the cover, but I didn’t mean that. California Offset Printers is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified. FSC Certified printers commit to using more recycled fibers and when they’re not using recycled fibers, they buy their paper grown from well-managed, sustainable, renewable forests.

We couldn’t produce a directory touting the importance of being “Green” from a printer who didn’t care if their paper came from old growth rainforest in Indonesia or not. So we didn’t and we got a competitive price at the same time.

Anyhow, the book should be out in about a week… followed soon by a publishing party (of course at a unionized establishment). That should be fun. Right now I’m just going to take a break for a few days and then it’s back to fighting the good fight.

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Putting My Values to the Test – Off to the Printers!!!

At long, long, long (LONG!) last we sent the 2011 edition of Los Angeles Labor 411 to the printers (LATE!) yesterday evening.

Of course we had to celebrate. So, right before we sent our files over to the printer, I sent one of my assistants out to buy some beer to toast our success. Being a bit of a beer snob, he returned with two six packs of Mad River Brewing Company’s Steelhead Extra Pale Ale and Steelhead Porter. http://www.madriverbrewing.com/mad_river_brewing_the_remix_004.htm

I almost fell over. I snapped at him, “You’re expecting us to toast the completion of LA Labor 411 with a microbrewery beer! That’s not union!

My designer laughed, “What? You didn’t get Budweiser?”

My assistant looks at me like I’d lost my mind, {Keep in mind. It’s been two weeks of 14 hour days getting this directory finished. I’m the boss. I figure I’m entitled to lose my mind occasionally} and says matter-of-factly, “What are you talking about? It’s made by IAM.”

Well, it turns out that my assistant knows the directory better than I do. Mad River is made by workers from IAM-AW—the machinists union. Unions sometimes make strange bedfellows. Some beers are also made by the United Auto Workers and day before I discovered a unionized insurance company that belongs to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers union. Curious.

So I calmed down and we cracked open some beers (I had a Pale Ale) and I toasted, “Here’s to finally finishing another Labor 411! WOOHOO!!!” We clinked bottles and let me tell you, Mad River Steelhead Extra Pale Ale is really good. I’ve got nothing against Bud Light, but thank goodness this beer is union. It’s going in my refrigerator from now on.

A minute later we sent off the files to California Offset Printers http://www.copprints.com/printing.aspx an of course unionized printing company. I felt like I could finally take a breath for the first time in two weeks. It was nice.

We’ve added a Green section to this year’s edition that I’m rather proud of. California unions have a big stake in the upcoming Green economy http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-green-jobs-20110119,0,356275.story and we wanted to highlight that this year. We even printed the directory Green! Yes, there’s green on the cover, but I didn’t mean that. California Offset Printers is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified. FSC Certified printers commit to using more recycled fibers and when they’re not using recycled fibers, they buy their paper grown from well-managed, sustainable, renewable forests.

We couldn’t produce a directory touting the importance of being “Green” from a printer who didn’t care if their paper came from old growth rainforest in Indonesia or not. So we didn’t and we got a competitive price at the same time.

Anyhow, the book should be out in about a week… followed soon by a publishing party (of course at a unionized establishment). That should be fun. Right now I’m just going to take a break for a few days and then it’s back to fighting the good fight.

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