The Button Project
The Button Project
Labour union buttons
The Button Project is an online exhibition by the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources Library that will explore labour history through pinback buttons. We will focus on Canadian examples in order to examine protests, boycotts, unions, and movements through material culture.
IRHR Library button collection
Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
A rectangular button that shows a cut-up Eaton's account card with the phrase: "I've cut into Eaton's". Has Allied Printing Trades Council union label, which indicates that it is union-made. There is the number '9' next to this label that represents…
Blue and white round button with the slogan "Boycott Eaton". In the middle there is an RWDSU logo with clasped hands. Below the logo is "AFL CIO" and "CLC". There is a small union label in the crease that is unclear but has the number '9' next to it.
Round button with black background. Text in white reads "Boycott National Post". There is an unclear union label below the text.
A large, round button with a white background and blue text. In the center It has an older CUPW logo with a globe that shows Canada. Encircling the logo is "Boycott the Postal Code Boycottons le code postal". In the far edges, near the crease is the…
A round button with a white background and red maple leaf tag with the words "Shop Canadian". Along the crease: 'MFG by H.A.S. Novelties Ltd Toronto'
A round orange button with the phrase "A Woman's Place is in Her Union". Below there is the UAW logo and below that a union label with the number 9.
A light blue pinback button with the phrase "a woman's place is in the struggle" in the middle, encircled by illustrated figures of women holding hands. Encircling the figures are the words: 'CUPW International Women's Day - March 8th'. In the…
A blue pinback button with the phrase: "WOMEN IN TRADES" at the top. In the middle, there is the gender symbol for women shaped like a screw.
A dark blue pinback button with the phrase: "WOMEN IN TRADES" at the top. In the middle, there is the gender symbol for women with a fist holding a wrench.
A white button with black text and a red rose. The text in the middle reads: "Change Changement". The text along the top edge reads: "International Women's Day. March 8, 1991 - La Journée internationale des femmes. le 8 mars 1991. Next to the rose…
A white rectangular button with the phrase: "CUPE + New Democrats IT ALL ADDS UP". Symbols are in red. In the fold it has an Allied Printing Trades Council Label with the shop number 9.
A blue and white button with the text: "Ottawa October 17 1998 - Adieu Mike Bye By Mike". The text in the fold reads: "Made in Canada by H.A.S. Novelties LTD Toronto (416) 593 1101.
A yellow button with text that reads: "HARRIS HAS TO GO". Below there is the slogan for the OPSEU SEFPO. The text in the fold reads: "Cavan Advertising 449-6265"
A beige button with text that reads: "Writers against Mike Harris". It has a geometric decorative image. There is an illegible symbol with letters in the fold.
A pink, white and blue button with text that reads: "Free Day Care...not Free Trade". The first half of the text is in pink and the second half in blue. A pink border surrounds the button. At the bottom of the button there is an Allied Printing…
A white button with text in red and blue that reads: "Free Canada Trade Mulroney". In the fold there is a Allied Printing Trades Council Label and the following text: "Cavan Spec. Advtg. 416 449-6265"
A blue button with white text that reads: "The Struggle Continues". Along the bottom edge there is green text that reads: "Canadian Union of Postal Workers". In the fold there is a union label and the text "Made in Canada".
A button with a grey and white speckled background. The text reads: "General Strike - Defend our Social Programs". In the fold: "CAMPAIGN FOR A GENERAL STRIKE (OTTAWA) (613) 224-9303 - COMITÉ DE SANS-EMPLOI (MONTRÉAL-CENTRE) (514) 596-7094.
A white button with blue text that reads: "END CONTRACTING OUT". The orange and blue image in the middle shows two hands emptying a dustpan full of coins and bills. In the fold, there is a International Printing Pressman and Assistants Union label…
An orange and white button with the image of a scale. The text reads: "EQUAL PAY FOR WORK OF EQUAL VALUE". Below the text there is an illegible union label.
- The Button Project