The Final Shopping Weekend: Buy American

By Michael Messina

It's the final push for holiday gift shopping and Labor 411 founder and publisher Cherri Senders reminds us to try to buy U.S.A.-made and union-made gifts when possible. Patriot-Made has done a series of podcast with Senders on why spending even as little as 10 percent of your budget on products made by companies that pay and treat their workers fairly can really give the country a much-needed boost.

Throwback Thursday: ‘The Fight to End Child Labor’

By Michael Messina

The History Channel takes a look at how children were exploited as cheap laborers in often harsh conditions. Without labor laws, these children were underpaid, uneducated and were forced to endure dangerous jobs on a daily basis. As the video portrays, the people began to literally fight back with bold strikes that eventually led to unionization and the labor laws we have today.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

If Americans spend just $64 on American-made gifts this year, it would create 200,000 new jobs in this country. Labor 411 is here to help make that a reality. Our Holiday Gift Guide has only the highest quality, union-made products. Look for our Stocking Stuffer Guide in our next enewsletter. Sign up here.
 
As always, look for the Made in the USA stamp.

Penalized for Pregnancy

By Michael Messina

Should a woman be forced to choose between a paycheck and a pregnancy? Peggy Young is saying no. Young, an employee for UPS, was forced to go on unpaid leave after her doctor told her she couldn’t do any heaving lifting while pregnant. UPS didn’t have any light-duty work for her and so she was out of luck, and out of a paycheck.

24 Stores That Specialize in Selling American-Made Products

By Sahid Fawaz

One of the biggest hurdles for people who want to buy American-made products is finding stores that sell them. Below are 24 stores that will make the buying American experience seamless. These stores specialize in everything from clothing to jewelry to furniture and more. Check them out below and help support good American jobs.

Nine Ways to Make Your Holiday Travel and Vacation a Union One

By Sahid Fawaz

The holiday season is a time of vacation travel for many people. With so much spent on travel during December, it's a great opportunity to vote with your wallet and support businesses that provide good union jobs. With that in mind, we've listed businesses below that employ union labor and pay middle class wages. Now you can take a great vacation and help rebuild the middle class!

Union Chef: Peppermint Bark

By Shelly Lurie

Looking for a simple and delicious treat to make for the holidays? Try our recipe for peppermint bark – it’s two layers of rich chocolate that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  It’s also the perfect dessert to bring to any holiday party and makes a great gift!

Fight Inequality by Shopping Wisely

Labor 411 founder and publisher Cherri Senders writes on the idea of putting our money where our morals are during the holiday shopping season. In her piece for the Sacramento Bee, she stresses the need for a consumer movement that will support the companies that support their workers, and that it doesn't take much to make a change...

How many times have we struggled to reconcile our feelings about the “season of giving” with the gross economic inequality we see all around us? Or suffered a twinge of guilt after hearing the latest news report about families living on the edge while we go to the mall for a shopping spree?

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