Is Buying American-made Still Possible Today?

Many Americans would love to buy America-made, even if it’s a few dollars more, which often it isn't. But their main complaint is that they can’t find items that are made in America. ABC News tackled this issue by emptying the house of a real American family and then going on a quest to refurnish it with all American-made products. The result is surprising and educational.

Our Vote for Best 2014 Super Bowl Ad

Weathertech, a leading manufacturer of vehicle protection products, such as floor mats and cargo liners, surprised us all during the Super Bowl when it aired one of the best commercials that we've ever seen.

The ad shows the various objections that business “experts” often have to manufacturing in the United States and then brushes them aside, stating that Weathertech refuses to listen to proponents of offshoring. Check out the commercial for yourself:

Super Bowl 2014 with Labor 411

Super-Bowl-2014-Broncos-vs-SeahawksThe big weekend is here!

It's the Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos for the whole plate of nachos. And speaking of tasty snacks, don't forget to refer to Labor 411's Product Spotlights that will make your Super Bowl party the best in town -- and most union friendly!

See our lists below for union-made nachos, wings and munchies to fill all the snack bowls. Also, a few union brews might be popular, too.

Three Union-Made Products To Warm You Up This Winter

By Sahid Fawaz

1. Swiss Miss 

Few things are as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. Made by members of the UFCW, Swiss Miss is a delicious treat that is also easy to make. Using fresh milk from local farms and blended with premium imported chocolate, Swiss Miss is available in milk chocolate, mint chocolate, dark chocolate, and sugar-free flavors. Next time you get a chill, make some Swiss Miss hot chocolate and help support middle class American jobs.

2. Sterlingwear Coats

Made by members of UNITE-HERE Local 1 in East Boston, MA, Sterlingwear coats 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 quality coat, browse the full selection of Sterlingwear coats at www.sterlingwear.com and help support good union jobs.

3. Union-Made Wines

We love wine for many reasons, including making us feel nice and warm (alright, so alcohol technically makes the body colder but we sure like the warm feeling while it lasts). Some of our favorite union-made wines include Gallo Estate Wines, Manischewitz Wine, Turning Leaf, C.K. Mondavi Wines, and Carlo Rossi.  All are courtesy of the proud members of the UFCW. So go ahead, light the fireplace and pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for the night knowing that you are supporting well-paying union jobs.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New YearBy Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

We love celebrating Chinese New Year! This year, Lunar New Year runs from January 31 through February 14 and will kick off the Year of the Horse. In preparation for the holiday, it is traditional to thoroughly clean the house, get a haircut, and pay off any debts - three of my favorite things!!! We usually just have a small dinner with friends at some point during the two week period. I organize a few crafts and games for the kids. We pull out the red napkins and decorate with red and Oriental items from around the house. Traditional celebration of Chinese New Year includes paying tribute to one's ancestors and this year I hope to honor a few of our adopted Labor ancestors as well.

Income Inequality: The Ridiculous Arguments of the Right

slumdogs vs millionairesBy Michael Messina

Income inequality has been rearing its ugly head in this country for a while now, and people are finally waking up. Jon Stewart of the The Daily Show always knows how to sum things up best. His recent segment called Slumdogs vs. Millionaires (in two parts below) points out the absolute absurdity of the arguments from the opposition.

Slumdogs vs. Millionaires Pt. 1

Three Canadian-Made, Union-Made Luxury Cars Everyone Should Test Drive

By Sahid Fawaz

If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, do yourself a big favor and check out one of these beauties assembled by proud Canadian union workers. Each car offers style, the latest technology, and lots of power. Because of the integration of U.S. and Canadian vehicle production, all these vehicles made in Canada include significant UAW-made content and support the jobs of UAW workers. Test drive one today and help support good middle class jobs!

cadillac xts1. Cadillac XTS

Manufactured in Oshawa, Ontario, the XTS is a gorgeous quality car that combines luxury and performance. Available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the XTS is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine that pumps out 304 horsepower and gets 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
Standard features include keyless entry, leather seat upholstery, front and side airbags, parking assist, 8-way power front seats, and more.

MSRP: $44,600

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.

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