St. Patrick’s Day 2015

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.

Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children

By Sahid Fawaz

As we celebrate Irish-American Month, we are taking a look at the impact that Irish-Americans had on the labor movement. In 1903, in what is known as the "Children's Crusade," Irish-born labor organizer and activist Mother Jones fought on behalf of children who endured horrible working conditions. With her slogan, "We want to go to school and not the mines," she made the public aware of what these children endured. For more on this historic moment, make sure to check out the terrific video below:

Three Reasons Why We Refuse to Shop at Walmart in 2015

By Sahid Fawaz

Each year we hope that Walmart does an about-face as the largest private employer in the country and pay its workers fairly and sell more American-made goods. Unfortunately, 2015 seems to be another year that brings much of the same. With that said, here are our three reasons why we are staying away from Walmart this year.

Throwback Thursday: Watch the AFL and the CIO Join Forces

By Kelly Ross

The AFL- CIO was once two separate entities, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, both working to further the Labor Movement and promote workers’ rights. The rivaling groups maintained very different ideologies and competed for supremacy over the Labor Movement until the 1950s when the split began to hinder the very foundations of the movement. It became clear that the rivalry was crippling the industry that called for solidarity and would only flourish under such terms.

Union Chef: Cheeseburger Quesadillas

By Linda Dao

Quesadillas are quick, easy, and delicious. Why not make it even better by fusing it with a cheeseburger? And it’s just as simple to make! As always, our recipes are designed to be prepared with union-made ingredients and support unionized grocery stores.

Watch How the Union-Made Oscar Statue is Created

By Sahid Fawaz

Made in Chicago, IL by the proud members of Teamsters Local 743 at the R.S. Owens & Company, the Oscar statue is one of the most recognizable awards in the world. And tonight, millions of people will be looking at it as some of the best in the entertainment industry are honored for their work. Below is a glimpse into just how this little golden man is made.

3rd Annual Oscars Special

The Oscars highlight the best in the movie business, and while we love to watch the stars (members of SAG-AFTRA) on the red carpet as much as anyone, there are multiple facets to film that are backed by union members. Costumers, cinematographers, stagehands, craftsmen and more make up an industry brimming with talent.

In their honor, we’ve put a fun list of union-made items together inspired by the Best Picture nominees for our 3rd Annual Oscars Special.

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