Employees of Blue Earth Digital Printing located in Culver City, Ca. voted unanimously to ratify a first time contract that was negotiated on their behalf by International Representative, Mike Huggins and Myself with Blue Earth Digital Printing Owner, Fernando Bonada. International Lead Organizer, Marty Keegan was available to answer questions during the process of meeting with the owner, Fernando and when meeting with the employees to answer questions.
This whole process with Blue Earth was unique from the very beginning for the simple fact that the employer, Fernando, contacted our Union office in order to Organize his print shop. Fernando explained that if it weren't for Unions there would be no middle class. Fernando further stated that he was previously employed in a union shop as was his father and has seen how it helped his family growing up.
Fernando's legacy continues because our new Brother, Sheldon Ferdinand,is his Son and works in the shop with his Dad. Family businesses are in need of protection from big corporations and companies that make it difficult for the mom and pop print shops of the past to make a profit or exist any longer for that matter. We have the opportunity to organize such shops and encourage our network of Union businesses to utilize our union print shops to create the work they seek.
Fernando, once being a Union member, understands the role unions have played in improving the lives of is members and wishes to bring the same benefits to his shop.
Please welcome them to our family and consider having your printing needs met by Blue Earth Digital Printing
International Organizer, Marty Keegan,
Sheldon Ferdinand Bonada
Vivian M. Escalante
Adan S. Ramirez
GCC/IBT Local 140~N President, Ronnie Pineda
Photo by Jorge Perez