Union Test Kitchen: Union Picnic!

By Melissa Bobrowicz

Spring is in full swing, especially here in Los Angeles. Before summer starts and BBQ season officially begins, we over here411 strawberry lemonade at Labor 411 can appreciate the art of lounging around outdoors on a warm sunny day with good company and a cooler full of our favorite foods. Personally, my favorite Spring activities are the Sunday backyard brunch, and the sunny picnic at the park.

Maybe it’s that Cali sun, or that mild spring weather – either way, eating outdoors is a Californian tradition.  I have found that the perfect midday outdoor meal stays true to a few practices: picnic food is generally prepared early (so it can be packed away easily), easy to serve, and most importantly, ready to eat!  Because there is a ton of excellent food out there which is union made, I figured why not take the time create my own version of a union picnic?

Buy Union, Buy American: Support Teamsters Week

By Sahid Fawaz

We at Labor 411 believe that consumer awareness and education are key to the success of the labor movement. Weteamsters logo have no doubt that most Americans would choose union-made, American-made goods if only they knew which they were – and if they realized that buying those goods helps to support good middle class American jobs.

That is why we are spearheading the “Buy Union, Buy American” campaign! We are dedicating one week at a time to a specific union or group of unions by trade and highlighting the great products and services that they produce.

Celebrate International Workers' Day!

By Michael Messina

MayDayMay 1 marks one of the most important days in the world of labor with International Workers’ Day. Fair labor practices are something every man and woman fights for, not just in the U.S., but around the globe. With the recent tragedy at the Bangladesh garment factory, there’s never been a better time to advocate for workers’ rights.

Four Reasons to Choose Costco over Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and the Rest

By Sahid Fawaz

Think all retail stores are the same? Think again. Here are four reasons why you should consider Costco over Wal-Mart, Sam’swalmart v costco Club, and other retail companies the next time you go shopping.

1. Costco pays its workers better wages

According to an in-depth Slate article:

A Sam's Club employee starts at $10 and makes $12.50 after four and a half years. A new Costco employee, at $11 an hour, doesn't start out much better, but after four and a half years she makes $19.50 an hour. In addition to this, she receives something called an "extra check"—a bonus of more than $2,000 every six months. A cashier at Costco, after five years, makes about $40,000 a year.

Buy Union, Buy American: Support Building Trades Week!

By Sahid Fawaz

One of the best ways to support the growth of the middle class is to support good quality jobs here at home. That is why Labor 411 is leading the movement to generate greater awareness of products made by union workers. Through our “Buy Union, Buy American” social media and web campaign, we hope to reach millions of consumers and educate them on the value of union-made products and services so that they can make informed decisions at the checkout stand.

Last week we kicked off the campaign with “Support Steelworkers Week.” We highlighted the products that their members make, ranging from tires to cookware to tools. The response was overwhelming and we ended up reaching over 300,000 people with our social media campaign. The increased awareness that we generated is a great first step in getting the word out about Steelworker-made products.

How Well Do You Know Rosie?

By Michael Messina

What do you picture in your head when you think of Rosie the Riveter? Is it the image to the right?

Recently I covered the Women Building California and the Nation conference in Sacramento and witnessed over 650 women of the trades from all over the country (and a few from Canada) come together in a fantastic display of solidarity and camaraderie. One image that cannot be avoided at such gatherings is that of the flexing woman in the red polka-dotted bandana proclaiming “We Can Do It!” Union workers are quite familiar with this image and often use it as a representation of the type of ethic that is overflowing in the world of organized labor. And they should. It’s the reason Labor 411 loves union-made products and services. But…

That is not Rosie the Riveter.

Ahoy! Make Mine a Union Mojito

mojitoBy Michael Messina

Enjoying the afternoon sun and looking forward to the weekend ahead, my mind turned to Mojitos, and my mouth began to water. Yum, Union-Made Mojitos. With the weather warming up it seems appropriate to start the refreshing-drink season with one of Labor 411’s most popular posts.

The mojito’s origins date all the way back to the 16th century when it was first called the Draque, and was rumored to have been invented by a pirate.

Union Test Kitchen: Pabst Blue Ribbon Cupcakes

Pabst and eggsMelissa Bobrowicz

Do you love Pabst Blue Ribbon beer?

I, for one, never turn down a cold PBR.  And I’m no bandwagoner.

Consider now the second (or third, or fourth) coming of Pabst into mainstream culture, spearheaded of course by uber-trendy, image conscious millennials.

Sure, Pabst is definitely seeing a revival amongst the hip, but there is something to be said about a great tasting, quality beer at an amazing value. The fact Pabst Blue Ribbon is union made and distributed by the Teamsters?   That’s just the icing on the cake – or should I say cupcake?

Union Spring in Full Swing

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Is there any sound more summertime than the crack of a bat?  Maybe the sizzle of the BBQ and the pleasant pop of a beer cap. Together, they may be the perfect symphony for the dog days when the heat gets hot.

Labor 411 is currently celebrating the United Steelworkers (USW), an appropriate group to highlight when talking about baseball (don’t they all have arms like home-run batters?) and one of the strongest unions in the country, the Major League Baseball Players Association- the first professional sport players to have a union contract.

Labor 411’s ‘Buy Union, Buy American’ Weeks to Highlight Union Quality

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    • Support Steelworkers: April 8-14

At Labor 411, we love spreading the word about union-made and American products – and we know you love learning about all those great quality products! So we decided to extend our popular “Buy Union, Buy American” month for last December’s holiday shopping season to “Buy Union, Buy American” weeks that will incorporate union-made into our everyday shopping decisions.

 

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