The Teamsters Graphic Communications Conference represents more than 60,000 workers in all craft and skill areas in the printing and publishing industry.
Every day, GCC members help print, produce and design numerous publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Newsday, Elle and Cosmopolitan magazines, Harper Collins and Penguin books, brochures for Chevrolet, Harry Potter books and catalogs for L.L. Bean.
GCC Teamsters work in desktop publishing and electronic color prepress. They operate web and sheetfed, offset, letterpress, rotogravure, silkscreen and other specialty presses. They handle binding, finishing and shipping of finished products. They produce inks, paper and packaging materials made of paper, plastic, cardboard and metal. They are also journalists, graphic artists, typesetters, sales people and support staff.
The conference was created after the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) voted to join forces with Teamsters in late 2004.
The merger enables the now-stronger Teamsters Union to represent even more workers in printing and related industries. For example, the GCC and the Teamsters Newspaper Division represent different but complimentary types of hardworking employees at many major newspapers, such as the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The Columbus Dispatch and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey.