ITU Lays Off Staff, Communications Workers to Hire 50
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ The International Typographical Union has ceased to exist and laid off most of its staff at national headquarters here.
Most of the 60 workers are continuing on a temporary basis with the Communication Workers of America, with which the ITU merged, said ITU spokesman Bill Frazee.
Frazee said Monday that the ITU ended operations on Jan. 1 when the union joined the CWA as its Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector.
CWA has its headquarters in Washington and employees working for the sector will transfer there in two to four months, Frazee added.
The ITU was the nation’s oldest union, chartered nationally in 1852. Its membership peaked in the 1960s at 100,000 printers. But since computerizatio n of the business, membership has dropped to 40,000 working printers and 35,000 retirees.