Frequently Asked Questions …
Here are the answers you might be looking for about UNION HISTORIES and our services. (Scroll down for specific questions on Event Management and No-Cost Services.)
If you can’t find the answer here, please e-mail us.
HISTORY BOOK PRODUCTION SERVICES
How long before we need a history book for an event (even if we don’t know the specific date yet) should our local or organized-labor organization contract with Union Histories to produce our History Program Book?
Union Histories works with many organizations and wants to provide each with the very best history program book possible; therefore, the most lead time available with any client is always best, so your organization should begin working with Union Histories as early as possible.
Where does Union Histories find Historic Information about a local or other organized-labor organization?
In short, EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE! The best source is a client's own archives (meeting minutes, old files, old articles) as well as an International’s records (including past magazine articles). But Union Histories also visits libraries, museums, newspapers, labor publications and scours through old newspapers, books, newsletters, photo archives, etc. to find all the information available on a local or organization. We also interview retirees and past officers!
How long does it take Union Histories to create a History Program Book for a local union or other organized-labor organization?
Union Histories likes to have as much time as possible to fully research, procure advertisements (if needed) and put together/design a history program book; part of our research also always involves at least a 3-day trip to the client. We can do a history project over a period of 5 to 9 months — but the more time, the better! (Note that part of our service is creation of a special, unique history logo for each client – so if you would like to use the logo prior to an event, it should begin working with Union Histories sooner rather than later.)
Is the history research and quality of the book any different with a NO-COST History Program Book?
NOT AT ALL! Union Histories takes great pride in providing ALL of our local union clients with the most thorough and complete history and highest-quality history book possible. THAT IS OUR GUARANTEE.
Can our local or organized-labor organization use a local printer for Printing our books?
YES! Union Histories gets print quotes from multiple union printers, and will work with a local printer; the final decision on a printer will be made by the client.
EVENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
How long before we plan to hold a celebration event of any kind (even if we don’t know the specific date yet) should our local or organized-labor organization contract with Union Histories to provide Event Management Services for the event?
Union Histories works with many clients and wants to provide each with the most thorough event services as possible; therefore, the most lead time available with any organization is always best, so your organizastion should begin working with Union Events as early as possible -- and, at best, at least a full year out.
Does Union Events provide specific individual Event Services if our local or organized-labor organization does not require full services?
YES! Union Histories will work with you to determine how many or how few of all of our complete Event Servces your celebration requires.
What if our local or organized-labor organization wants to turn over the entire production of our celebration event to Union Histories; can we have Union Histories run everything, from start to finish, with minimal involvement from the local or organization?
Our Union Events staff is fully capable and experienced to handle your entire celebration and manage every aspect of it, from venue selection to clean-up -- with the client being left only to make decisions on important aspects of the event (with our input and guidance).
How is Union Histories able to offer NO-COST History Program Book production and NO-COST Event Management Services services?
Union Histories will sell Advertising and Sponsorships for the book and the event on behalf of a local or organized-labor organization — and we provide a portion of the funds to the local or organization.
Union Histories will sell Sponsorships and Advertising on behalf of the local or organization; what can the local or organization do with its portion of the Sponsorship and Advertising funds?
Anything it wishes to do with them … from paying for printing to helping defer costs of an anniversary or special event associated with the book production. We will work with you to find the right sponsorships!
What if Union Histories does not sell a sufficient amount of advertising for a NO COST History Program Book or Event Management Services?
Union Histories pledges to provide a no-cost book should a client choose that option (we also provide fee options for locals that want to sell their own ads or want no ads in the book) — and we’ll work hard to sell ads and sponsorships … but if a significant amount are not sold, there is still NO COST for our services to the local or organized-labor prganization!
What if the local wants to sell Advertising and Sponsorships itself?
Union Histories will work with the local to set a proper FEE for our services, so that the local can sell advertising itself … and Union Histories will still assist with the ad sales and provide advertisers with no cost design services for their ads!