It’s the first day of spring! That means it’s time to break out the old elbow grease and do some cleaning this weekend. Labor 411 has some union-made cleaners, detergents and the like to get you started.

By Sahid Fawaz

1. Unions are no longer necessary

Wage stagnation and a decline in real incomes for middle class families has become one of the biggest problems facing the country. The middle class is shrinking and college graduates are putting off buying homes and cars because of low salaries. Meanwhile productivity is higher than ever and corporate profits are through the roof. So where is the money going? Instead of to the worker, more and more of it is going to corporate execs and CEOs, leading to increasing income inequality.

By Kelly Ross

Happy birthday to one of America’s most beloved board games, Monopoly! The union-made favorite that has brought millions of families together and is responsible for countless rivalries turns 80 today.

By Linda Dao

Looking for a recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Try our easy slow cooked corned beef recipe. Simply throw all of the ingredients into a Crock-Pot and let the Crock-Pot do all of the work! As always, our recipes are designed to be prepared with union-made ingredients and support good jobs!

By Sahid Fawaz

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) conducts some of the toughest safety tests on cars. And each year it lists those cars that made it through with flying colors. For 2015, the list includes nine union-made cars that received the coveted “Top Safety Pick” rating, with one of them receiving the prestigious “Top Safety Pick +” designation. According to the IIHS, “to qualify for 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must meet the TOP SAFETY PICK criteria, plus earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.”

By Kelly Ross

It’s Women’s History Month and while we continue to fight as a group for labor rights, women have consistently gotten the short end of the stick throughout history. Women today still do not get pay equal to men in the workplace. Today we celebrate a group of women who took a stand for fair working conditions in their day, the Lowell Mill Girls.

St. Patrick’s Day ushers in the beginning of spring, and is a great occasion to share a pint or two with your friends. What better time to revisit the Labor 411 beer list? Add a few drops of green to make it festive, pair it with some nice, salty corned beef and there’s nothing better. All while supporting good jobs.