Amalgamated Lithographers of America

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Manhattan HQ

The Amalgamated Lithographers of America (ALA) is a labor union formed in 1882 to represent professional lithographers.


The ALA was formed on April 18, 1882 by eighteen journeymen lithographers calling themselves the "Romar Fishing Club". This name was used to conceal their true intentions from their bosses. Tradition holds that the first meeting was in a fishing shack in Jersey City Heights, NJ on the west bank of the Hudson River.[1]

From 1966 through 1975, the union's Local One in New York City under the leadership of Edward Swayduck (1911–1987) published 39 issues of the quarterly Lithopinion, intended as a showcase of the graphic arts.[2]

The ALA merged with the GCIU then later the GCIU merged with the Teamsters Union. The ALA is a member of the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. It is currently known as: GCC/IBT Local One -L. The president of Local One, 1995-current, is Patrick LoPresti.

Plaque on building

External links[edit]


  1. ^ GCIU: Chronology
  2. ^ New York Times obituary of Edward Swayduck