OUR COMMUNITY OF WORKERS COLORING BOOK
About the Coloring Book
Unions and schools throughout the US have used the print version of this coloring book, drawn by Marilyn Anderson, to introduce over 50,000 young people to workers doing a wide range of jobs. (See List of Illustrations)
Many teachers have used exercises in the companion workbook to develop students' skills and to focus their attention on the world of work.
The coloring book grew out of an exhibit, Rochester: A Community of Workers, documenting the work of members of unions affiliated with the Rochester Labor Council. Photographs and excerpts of worksite interviews from the exhibit can be found on this web site.
Many kinds of jobs are done in our community by the different workers depicted here.
There are public sector and service workers who teach in the schools, deliver the mail, provide health care, staff the libraries and restaurants and markets, maintain the parks, protect the community, and perform other important tasks.
There are construction workers who build our homes and schools, our offices and factories, as well as our roads and bridges and tunnels. Some are iron workers and operating engineers, electrical workers, plumbers, laborers, carpenters and bricklayers. Others include glaziers, painters, roofers, sheetmetal workers, etc.
There are industrial workers, who make our clothes and cars and other things we use every day and who build all sorts of machines.
There are workers in communications and entertainment, who write and print the newspapers and put on radio and television programs, and bring us music and theater.
There are transportation workers, who drive the buses and trucks and all the vehicles that take us places and deliver the food and other things we need.
And there are many, many other kinds of workers who do important jobs that are not depicted.
Many workers — almost all those shown here — belong to unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, which protect workers' jobs and improve working conditions.
These days, unfortunately, there are many workers who can't find full-time jobs that pay well and provide good benefits.
Worksites can be dangerous places. At construction sites there are heavy equipment and dangerous materials. In factories there are machinery, noise, and hazardous materials. Restaurants, hospitals and offices have other safety problems. Different workers take different precautions, such as wearing protective clothing, to protect themselves on the job.
Workers take different kinds of pride in their work. Construction workers can point to their work and say, "I built that." Other workers find satisfaction in meeting people's needs, in teamwork, in simply doing a job well.
It is not easy to always feel satisfied with work. A worker may not feel appreciated, or may feel that too much is expected, or may have trouble getting along with a co-worker. Learning to balance the joys and dangers and problems of work is part of what work teaches.
OUR COMMUNITY OF WORKERS COLORING BOOK WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT
FROM THE JOHN F. WEGMAN FUND, THE ROCHESTER/MONROE SCHOOL-TO-WORK
PARTNERSHIP, AND THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.