Labortools powered by BMA Media Groups takes over union-related newspaper

With twenty years of experience producing “America’s Work Force,” the only daily labor-radio program in America, LaborTools has expanded its foothold in the labor-centric media industry by publishing The Labor Citizen, a monthly newspaper.

The Labor Citizen is the result of a merger between The Cleveland Citizen, which produced 4,948 issues over 123 years, and The Ohio Labor Citizen, founded as a sister publication in 1988. After sporadic discussions over the past two years, the Executive Board of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council voted to combine the two publications into one monthly, full-color tabloid and contracted BMA to handle all aspects of the publication.

CITIZEN_NOV14_coverThe Labor Citizen’s primary mission is to provide critical information to members about their specific unions, as well as big picture news and information that impacts all labor members.

On behalf of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, LaborTools collects timely information from subscribing unions, produces news content, seeks out interested advertisers for the highly specific niche market, and fully designs each edition. The paper is printed at the union press of The Repository in Canton, Ohio. The LaborTools design team will also be creating an engaging website for The Labor Citizen, including a digital archive of issues.

More than 16,000 subscribers from 39 labor unions will be able to read the first June issue of The Labor Citizen this week. The full-color, 20-page edition features a cover story on the construction and recent opening of the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation, a 100% union job. Distribution of The Labor Citizen is primarily focused in Northeast Ohio, but is increasing statewide.

Anyone interested in advertising their union or business in The Labor Citizen can contact Labor-related story tips can be sent to

LaborTools powered by BMA Media Group is used to help strengthen our union client’s organizations. From working with unions from the local level to the international, with training funds and labor management partnerships, as well as other labor organizations, BMA has experience with organizations of all sizes. We are here to create and implement unique and customized marketing campaigns for our clients.

At BMA, we offer services in the following categories: union event services (from writing the history of your union to executing the logistics of an event,) video production, website design, union marketing campaigns, print and broadcast advertising, social media management, development of print materials, building trades industry education, labor public relations and crisis management, union merchandise, as well as strategic branding and marketing of union organizations.

BMA Media Group is a Union Building Trades Contractor, signatory with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 673 and International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 6 / Sign Display and Allied Trades Local 639. BMA Media Group is also signatory with AFTRA and an affiliate contractor of the Cleveland Chapter of NECA.

Topics: Print, Member Communications, BMA Media Group, Branding, LaborTools, Union

Laura Ziemianski

Written by Laura Ziemianski