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Unions and schools throughout the US have used this coloring book’s 31 line drawings by Marilyn Anderson to introduce young people to workers doing a wide range of jobs described in the captions.


The print version of "Our Community of Workers Coloring Book," first published in 1995, has been reprinted several times by Heindl Printers, a union shop in Rochester:

First Printing, October 1995: 12,500 copies
Second Printing, June 1996: 13,500 copies
Third Printing, December 2000: 10,000 copies
Fourth Printing, December 2002: 5,000 copies
Fifth Printing, June 2006: 5,500 copies
Sixth Printing, March 2008: 4,500 copies

While all the images are included in this electronic publication and may be downloaded from this site, groups or individuals interested in obtaining copies of the print version may do so in one of several ways:

The Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO and many of its then affiliate locals participated in the documentation of Rochester worksites on which the coloring book is based:

NYSUT 2969, American Postal Workers Union 215, CSEA 828, Firefighters 1071, UFCW District 1, HERE & NOW 466, Iron Workers 33, Operating Engineers 832, IBEW 86, Plumbers 13, Laborers 435, Carpenters 85, Bricklayers 11, Machinists 1868, UNITE Rochester Regional Joint Board, UAW 1097, IUE 509, Newspaper Guild 17, NABET 22, GCIU 38, ATU 282, Musicians 66, and Teamsters 118.

The printed coloring book was published with the assistance of grants from the New York State Education Department, the John F. Wegman Fund — a component fund of the Rochester Area Foundation, and the Rochester/Monroe School-to-Work Partnership.

Much of the labor required to produce the drawings was donated by the artist, Marilyn Anderson.

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