Union Made: Sam Adams and Speed Queen

By Michael Messina

Yes, occasionally a well-known union-made product slips by us. We recently caught a couple that we thought you should know about.

sam adams beerSamuel Adams

It’s one of the few large breweries and mass producers in the United States that has no small amount of respect among beer enthusiasts. With dozens of varieties and seasonal beers to keep any palate satisfied, Sam Adams has become a household name of the industry.

Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 20 work at the brewery in Ohio. Check out all the brews at SamAdams.com.

7 Reasons Why the Minimum Wage Must be Raised to $15 Per Hour

robert reich

by Sahid Fawaz

In this excellent video, Robert Reich explains why raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is the smart thing to do. While some are pushing for $10.10 an hour, Reich believes that is not nearly enough to lift people out of poverty and strengthen the economy. Check out the video below for all seven of his reasons.

Union Summer: Recipe Spotlight, Grilled Corn

corn on the cobBy Shelly Lurie

Nothing reminds us more of summer than cooking food on a barbeque - with the quintessential side dish always being grilled corn on the cob.
We’ve spiced up this classic summer staple with two fun recipes that are sure to fit in with any BBQ! As always, our recipes are designed to be prepared with union-made ingredients and support unionized grocery stores.

Walmart Workers Who Live On Poverty Wages: In Their Own Words

by Sahid Fawaz

One of the prevailing myths about the economic landscape today is that if a person merely works then he or she will do fine. The reality, hwoever, is that huge, wealthy multinational companies are leading a race to the bottom by paying poverty level wages to their workers while giving their executives lavish compensation packages. The video below by the AFL-CIO examines this growing problem through the story of Tiffany, a Walmart employee. After watching it, make sure to check out the site http://www.aflcio.org/Corporate-Watch/Paywatch-2014 for more on this issue.

Union Summer: A Drink to Keep You Cool and Refreshed

strawberry basil cocktailBy Shelly Lurie

It may not “officially” be summer yet, but boy, the heat here in California is really making us want to get outside and soak up the rays with a light, refreshing beverage in hand. We’ve gotten creative by bringing hard cider and liquor together; the combination is crisp and sweet with a bit of a kick. The best part: It’s crafted with union-made ingredients!  What more could you ask for on a hot day?

This cocktail is sure to keep you cool and refreshed through the summer while putting power to the purchase! Give it a try, and let us know what you think.

Union-Made Sunscreens: Protect Your Skin and the American Worker

coppertMay 27 is National Sunscreen Day! Yes, summer has unofficially started and the sun worshippers will be back at the beach and taking full advantage of the warm weather. Don’t forget the Coppertone and Bain de Soleil!

bain de soleilThese union-made products not only protect your skin, but represent companies that protect a way of doing business that benefits the American middle-class worker. Both are made by members of the United Steelworkers and knowing that will make the kiss of the sun feel that much warmer.

A Toast to Our Heroes on Memorial Day

beer cheersBy Michael Messina

This Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. We remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving to protect this country, its citizens and all the freedoms that we enjoy so much. Shake the hand of a veteran, hug a member of the United States military or simply say thank you for all they have fought for.

Five Luxury Union Hotels That Will Wow You

by Sahid Fawaz

With summer around the corner, it's a great time to book a getaway or two. And when you're trying to decide on a hotel, UNITE HERE has you covered with their terrific list of union hotels. We went through that list and picked some jaw-dropping hotels that set the standard for luxury and style. Everyone should experience at least one of these hotels at some point in their life - they are truly a breed apart. And the best thing is you will be supporting good union jobs by choosing these hotels!

1. Mandarin Oriental New York



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