Inspired by the militant history of typographic/printing unions, we are launching a proposal for the (re)constitution of the Montreal Typographic Union (Local 176 of the International Typographical Union) with the aim of bringing together in solidarity designers, printers and workers in affiliated trades (journalists, editors, independent publishers, illustrators, photographers) to:
Advocate for our collective rights and the betterment of our working conditions. Given the exponential precarisation and atomisation of our labour, we place a special emphasis on supporting freelancers, the self-employed, and the unemployed;
Collectivize material resources and skills, facilitating exchanges outside of commerce, to strengthen our collective production capacity. Commit to the mentoring of future generations through the craft tradition of apprenticeship, and skill-sharing amongst our peers;
Promote the aesthetic, cultural, and social value of materials produced through typographic craft while challenging industry competition/awards systems that reduce our work to stylistic commodities;
Uphold the militant legacy of typographical unions that won the 8-hour workday, using our skills and resources to support those who are oppressed and marginalised by the neoliberal system, and as a threat to those who impose it.
If you are interested in getting involved in the development of the MTU, please contact us.
Printer’s bug inspired by the Detroit Printing Co-op.