ILGWU called for use of a union label at its first convention.
There was a proposal to make a union label use compulsory in all NYC cloak industry unionized shops.
Governor Smith's special commission recommended adoption of the label as an industry-wide label.
The first use of a union label was the Cigar maker's Union in 1874 when the boxes of cigars made under union conditions were tagged with a label.
Though the International Cloakmaker's Union (1892) did call for a union label at its initial convention nothing ever came of it, as the group was only in existence a short time.
During the New Deal era the blue eagle label was introduced as part of the National Recovery Act.
It was not limited to the garment industry and acted as a symbol that the goods that displayed the emblem were produced under conditions beneficial to the worker, the economy, and the country.