Just Say No to TPP

By Sahid Fawaz

The TPP, which stands for Trans-Pacific Partnernship, is easily one of the most threatening pieces of legislation facing American workers today.

According to the Teamster Nation blog, the legislation would,

make it easier to pass job-killing trade deals like NAFTA.

The legislation is known as 'fast track.' Sponsors know phony trade bills in the works  -- TPP and TAFTA -- won't pass if anyone looks at them too closely. People rightly suspect these deals will kill good American jobs, undermine democracy, raise the cost of health care and let tainted food from overseas into our grocery stores.

It’s That Simple: Costco’s Fair Labor Practices

costco bloomberg coverBy Michael Messina

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for our country’s retail industry: ‘Take care of the customer, take care of employees, and keep your expenses in line.’ Sounds simple enough, right? And I’m sure many large retailers claim to already live by such a motto.

It’s actually a quote from Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, a retail industry leader that takes the second part of that message – ‘take care of employees’ – to a level that is revered by many in the organized labor community, including us here at Labor 411.

Resolve to Buy More Union-Made in the New Year

Ashley Beard-Fosnow and famBy Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

As the new year begins, my family and I make an effort to take stock of the previous twelve months and evaluate successes and opportunities to grow in the coming year. We have had our most successful year ever, in our goal to buy and use union made products. That said, we are determined to do even better in 2014!

We have switched brands on our most commonly purchased items to union made when the option exists, but next year we hope to use the Labor 411 directory as a reference for trying new items and unfamiliar brands.

Union Eggnog

egg nogLabor 411’s Test Kitchen is just in time for the holidays! We’re sharing a recipe for Homemade Eggnog, which is THE traditional holiday beverage. We’ve got a recipe to make it using all union-made ingredients – and you’ll find the union brands listed next to each item. This quintessential holiday beverage is perfect to share with your friends and family.

Be forewarned: This recipe contains a little bit of alcohol.  Do not consume alcohol if you are underage.

Déjà vu All Over Again: The Outsourcing of US Olympic Clothing

sochi-2014-logoBy Sahid Fawaz

Really? You would have thought that the U.S. Olympic Committee would have learned its lesson by now.

Two years ago they caught a great deal of heat from Congress and the public for dressing Olympic athletes in uniforms made in China. Yet two more stories have emerged over the past few weeks around the same issue.

Nine Union-Made Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Looking for a great union-made gift for a nephew, grandchild, or your own kids? Then check out these fun games below made by the proud members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers. And remember, each time you purchase a union-made product, you support good middle class jobs!

1.    Candyland: Disney Princess Edition


Five Holiday Gifts She’ll Love

By Sahid Fawaz

sterlingwear1.    A Peacoat from Sterlingwear

Made by members of UNITE-HERE Local 1 in East Boston, MA, Sterlingwear peacoats are stylish, comfortable, and all about quality. Sterlingwear’s products are made to such high standards that the company has been the exclusive manufacturer of the US Navy peacoat for over 40 years. If you’re looking for a gift that she’ll love to wrap herself in, browse the full selection of Sterlingwear coats at www.sterlingwear.com and help support good union jobs.

Five Great Union-Made Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

shirts11. Shirts from the New England Shirt Company
Based in Fall River, Massachusetts, the New England Shirt Company produces quality dress and sport shirts. Each shirt is made by the highly-skilled members of UNITE-HERE Local 177 who take great pride in manufacturing top quality apparel. Check out the New England Shirt Company clothing selection at http://www.newenglandshirtco.com/ and help support great union jobs this holiday season.

Proud Union Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread house 1By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

We spent a fun afternoon making gingerbread houses as a family this week. Okay, so "gingerbread house" is a pretty loose definition of what we actually made -- we used Honey Maid Graham Crackers instead of gingerbread and the houses looked more like lean-tos, but you know what I mean.

You can have your own fun incorporating Union Made products into your gingerbread-house-making this year with candies and foods such as:

Betty Crocker ready to serve Frosting
Baby Ruth
Teddy Grahams

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