Throwback Thursday: The Breaker Boys (Video)

By Kelly Ross

Before labor unions secured many of the child labor laws we have in place today, children like the Breaker Boys were sent to coal-breaking factories to work long hours in unimaginable conditions. Breaker Boys were responsible for breaking coal into pieces and removing any impurities such as rocks from the fast moving and dangerous conveyor belts. These boys were usually between the ages of 8 and 12. However, some Breaker Boys began work in the factories as young as 5 years old.

Union Bartender: Knob Creek Classic Manhattan

By Linda Dao

Looking for some drink recipes to help you celebrate America’s “Native Spirit” on National Bourbon Day on June 14? Try this Classic Manhattan recipe made with Knob Creek. Knob Creek is made at the Jim Beam Distillery by members from UFCW!

Union Bartender: Old Fashioned

By Robert Fulton

There’s a classic scene from Mad Men where Don Draper meets a man named Connie, not knowing that the person he’s talking to is Conrad Hilton. As in the founder of Hilton Hotels. While chatting, Don is busy making an Old Fashioned. The introduction of Conrad Hilton is a pivotal moment for Don and the show, but it’s the classic cocktail that anchors the scene so brilliantly.

Union-Made Bourbon

It’s time to break out the good stuff. National Bourbon Day is June 14 and with Father’s Day right around the corner, we think it’s a great time to try a tasty union-made bourbon. Labor 411 has the list. The choosing is the hard part.

As always, drink responsibly and drink union.

Memorial Day: Remembering Those We've Lost, Providing for the Living

By Michael Messina

While Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer, it is mainly a time to remember soldiers we have lost in service to our country. It can be a day of serious reflection, but it can also be a day to celebrate those who have made it home. This means honoring those who have served and giving them something to come home to, including a career.