Tim Allen and the American-Made Car

by Sahid Fawaz

Actor and funny-man Tim Allen provides a sneak peek into his awesome collection of American-made cars. From a 1965 Shelby Cobra to a 1950 Cadillac to a 1996 Chevy Impala, Allen's collection speaks volumes about the timeless quality of American-made automobiles. Included as well in his collection are a couple of German cars but we won't hold that against him since the Germans use union labor to build their fine vehicles. Check out his collection via the link below courtesy of GQ Magazine:

Homemade, Union Made Cleaners

heinz-vinegarBy Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

"Homemade, Union Made" might sound like an oxymoron, but you can make your own natural cleaning products out of the union made ingredients that you already have on hand.

Window Cleaner: Will clean glass without leaving streaks!

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Ajax (or Palmolive) Dish Liquid

3 Tablespoons Heinz (or Speas) White Distilled Vinegar

2 Cups water

Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix.


Income Inequality: Francis and Obama to Meet

Pope FrancisBy Michael Messina

Pope Francis and President Obama will meet for the first time next week, on March 27, presumably on common ground. The Salt Lake Tribune recently published an article speculating that the two leaders will discuss topics they know they can collaborate on, rather than their differences.

The Tribune writes:

...Francis, the first pope from Latin America, has clearly signaled that he wants the Catholic Church’s public witness to focus less on culture-war issues and more on addressing income inequality and helping the poor and society’s outcasts — which dovetails with Obama’s priorities.

We at Labor 411, and much of the nation, find income inequality a topic of major importance and agree it needs addressing. Pope Francis is fast becoming the common man's pope because of his focus on such topics.

What do you think the two leaders should discuss? Do you care what the pope thinks? Let us know in the comments!

An Anti-Union Video That Will Make You Cringe

Few things are as enlightening about the nuances of union-busting as corporations' own employee videos. These videos grossly mislead workers about unions in an effort to steer employees away from exercising their federal rights to organize and collectively bargain. For a glimpse into the videos used by the world's richest corporation, make sure to check out the video below.

The First, Laborious Steps of Change in Bangladesh

Rana Plaza collapseBy Michael Messina

A sobering reminder of the substandard labor conditions in the factories that make much of our clothing here in America (and the rest of the world) reared its ugly head almost a year ago in Bangladesh. The collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in April of 2013 claimed the lives of over 1,100 workers.

The catastrophic nature of the incident sparked a movement to improve factory conditions in that part of the world. The New York Times has issued an article on the findings of the initial inspections by engineers of the Bangladesh Accord Foundation, a group created by more than 150 retailers from around the world in response to the tragedy.

Target's Anti-Union Propaganda

Ever wonder why unions are in decline, especially when unions are needed more than ever by the working class? Videos like this one below from Target offer insight into the barrage of anti-union propaganda that workers are subjected to - propaganda that distorts the truth and misleads employees about the real benefits of unionism.

Source: Youtube channel 00maharum00ma

Union-Made Oscars Night

By Sahid Fawaz
What a great year for movies!
American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, and 12 Years a Slave were among the films that captivated audiences all around the world in 2013. And they are deservedly being recognized at this year’s Academy Awards show.
But behind all the glitz and glamor of Oscars night are the proud union members that make it all possible. They are the camera operators, actresses, directors, musicians, composers, writers, and more. They bring the creativity, do the heavy lifting, and dazzle us on the silver screen.
They are members of unions such as IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, the Writers Guild (East and West), the AFM, and the Teamsters. They are the people behind the awards show itself. They work hard and, because they have union contracts, earn fair wages and benefits. 
We feel especially proud seeing a unionized industry capture the hearts of audiences worldwide and continuing a tradition of filmmaking excellence that is second to none.
If you’d like to share in the tradition of Oscars night, you can use this printable nominees ballot and follow along with the show. In the meantime, enjoy this compilation of the trailers of all nine films nominiated for the 2014 Best Picture award:

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