I just checked the Union history. Cliff note's version: It used to be one of the largest unions in the US, then merged with the Needle Worker's Union, then merged again with the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union in 1995 (What? That isn't a logical merger in my mind). Now the mega combined merger has only slightly more than half the members of what the Ladies Garment Workers Union had in 1969. Hmmm.
Here's the Ladies Garment Worker's Union jingle:
"Look for the union label
When you are buying a coat, dress, or blouse,
Remember somewhere our union's sewing,
Our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,
We work hard, but who's complaining?
Thanks to the ILG, we're paying our way,
So always look for the union label,
It says we're able to make it in the USA!"
http://www.azcentral.com/news/free/20121104year-old-us-apparel-maker-pa-close.html Not to be morbid, but this also relating to garment making in USA. A 112 year old company in Pennsylvania had to close down this month. Sad.