Bastille Day: Eat (Union-Made) Cake!

By Michael Messina

Let them eat cake! Yes, Bastille Day is a French holiday (commemorating the Storming of the Bastille and so the beginning of the French Revolution), but Labor 411 will take any excuse to have a celebration.

Union Bartender: Watermelon Mojito

By Kelly Ross

Celebrate Mojito Day this Saturday with our watermelon mojito recipe. With watermelons in season it is the perfect time to cool off with this fruit infused cocktail. This recipe makes approximately two drinks, so don’t forget to share with a friend. Like always, all of our recipes are designed to be prepared with union-made ingredients and support good jobs!

Throwback Thursday: A Cut Above, Mother Bloor Sheds Light on Meat Industry

By Kelly Ross

On July 8, 1862 labor organizer and political activist Ella Reeve Bloor was born. More commonly referred to as “Mother” Bloor, she was involved in every facet of the early labor movement. Bloor worked closely with prominent labor leader Eugene V. Debs to help found the Social Democracy of America, an organization that called for radical labor reform. She was an advocate for the working man and assisted in labor disputes as well as organized several successful mining, textile, and farming strikes.

Consumer Patriotism

Supporting good employers supports America

By Cherri Senders

There are so many ways for Americans to express their patriotism, from flying the Stars and Stripes this 4th of July and voting in elections to serving in the military and chanting “U-S-A.! U-S-A!” during the Olympics.  That’s what makes America great -- each of us can relate to and demonstrate our patriotism in our own unique fashion.

Throwback Thursday: Labor Assists the American Revolution

By Kelly Ross

One of the most monumental achievements in history still today was when the United States of America adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring its sovereignty from the nation of Great Britain. The American Revolution began in 1765 when colonial unrest prompted rebels to reject the British Parliament’s authority to impose obscene taxes on the 13 colonies. However, the fight for independence from the unicameral monarchy did not end with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  The United States did not truly gain its independence from Great Britain until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783.

Two Videos that Will Make You Rethink Bargain Shopping this July 4th

By Michael Messina

Labor 411 did a little investigative reporting recently as we tried to find some Fourth of July celebration supplies at bargain stores in Los Angeles. It seemed logical to hope for at least some Independence Day goodies to be made in the USA. Watch the following two videos taken at a 99 Cents Only Store and a Dollar Tree to see what we found.

6 Chains Where You Can Buy An America-Made Flag (And 2 That Sell Chinese-Made)

By Sahid Fawaz

As July 4th approaches, many people will be looking to buy an American flag or two to wave or hang up outside their homes. But finding American-made, uh, American flags is, believe it or not, not always a simple thing. We found two chains that sell American flags that are made in China. But the good news is that we did find six that do sell flags Made in the US. 

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