Union Drip Twitter Account Celebrates Labor Rights in Style
, 2022-05-18 18:36:56,
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John Elward drives a UPS truck and has been a Teamster for 18 years. He’s also a burgeoning fashion influencer of sorts. On his Twitter account @UnionDrip, Elward has been chronicling the style highlights of labor figures past and present, from Chris Smalls in a Roku Studio “Eat the Rich” jacket to Cesar Chavez in a short-sleeved, wide-lapeled ’70s shirt.
While on his 30-minute break earlier this week, Elward pulled over to the side of the road to tell me about the genesis of Dripped Out Trade Unionists: a collection of Teamsters memorabilia (jackets, shirts, and pins) he’s amassed over the years, which he posts on his personal account. “People, other Teamsters, mainly, would share the pictures, or they would share their own picture, and sometimes people would be like, ‘Oh man, check out that drip,’” he says. “I had wanted to try to make something that was centered around union clothes or fashion, and I was thinking of how to do that. And then when Amazon [Labor Union] won their election, and you’d see pictures of Chris Smalls everywhere with his ‘Eat the Rich’ jacket, I felt like it was an appropriate time.”
Elward’s favorite figures to post include “some of the early IWW organizers, and people like Lucy Parsons, Bill Haywood, Eugene Debs.” He says, “Honestly, they were incredibly fashionable for their time. As a Teamster, I’ve always been a big fan of Jimmy Hoffa, Sr. His fashion was…
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