Labor’s cartoonist

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Gary Huck, whose cartoons have often graced this blog, is the last full-time cartoonist employed by a major labor union (the UE—the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America).

Huck is the subject—alongside the freelance labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki, who formed a syndication partnership with Huck in the early 1980s to sell cartoons to union and alternative newspapers—of „Seeing Red,“ an exhibit of their work running through Friday at the Uri-Eichen Gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

The UE, which was founded in the 1930s by workers from GE and Westinghouse and RCA, once had a membership of more than 600,000 workers. And though the UE historically has been on the left politically, not everything that Huck draws wins lock-step approval these days. A couple of months ago, for instance, in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., riots, Huck tweaked Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of a policeman sitting at…

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