Gary Huck

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Gary HuckGary is the only cartoonist employed full-time by a union in the U.S. His work has appeared in Business Week, the Washington Post, and The Center for American Progress and a wide range of other publications. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 1199 Gallery, New York City, The Salon of Cartoon Art, San Antonio, Cuba, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA and The Museum of Cartoon Art, San Francisco, CA.Gary Huck, is political cartoonist for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), an independent, progressive, national union based in Pittsburgh, PA.

During early 1930’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania electrical manufactures and radio assembly employees from various dominate manufacturing companies sought after the chance to have better conditions and rights as workers. History James Carey The UE has fought for equality among all workers regardless of their craft, age, sex, nationality, race, creed, or political beliefs. They have sought for equal wages earned for men and women and continue to fight for collective bargaining, against workplace closings and promote peace, jobs, and justice for all people Gary Huck In 1985 Gary was hired by the UE to succeed the great Fred Wright as UE cartoonist. In the 1970’s Gary drew labor cartoons for the longest running labor weekly in the U.S., The Racine Labor.

Hucks’ works of art that made it hard for anti union employers and politicians to have certain policies go the way they wanted. For example; during a labor dispute at Connecticut’s Circuit–Wise Inc. Gary Huck spoke to the companies workers and heard what their employers refused to listen to. Creativity came to him as always Circuit-Wise Inc. employers were illustrated as the three “No Evil” monkeys; not willing to be cooperative and believing unions to be the evil. In this cartoon, Huck gives the options to compare government run institutions to scavengers In this comic strip, Gary Huck gives us a politicians POV however twisted it may be Generally they feed off the dead and weak in their ecosystems, this was the reference that Huck was making The G-20 summit itself is such large event with the media covering everything and the most powerful politicians in the world meeting. It is no surprise those participating are hiding behind a mask of global good will and economic stability when they are hiding their true agenda which is portrayed by the appearance as a goblin. The themes that were present in the dispute between the UE and Circuitwise inc. which were illustrated by Huck had such an impact with the public because they were so universal. Even today, on the UE website, Huck adapts the “No Union” cartoon to show that congress is so focused on deficits that they do not notice all of the jobs being lost as a result of budget cuts. This carries the same theme of those who are in power that are not willing to listen to the needs of those who do not have any, which is the main struggle that was faced prior to and during the union’s strike September 11th, 1989.

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