Hollywood, the Oscars and Supporting Good Jobs

By Michael Messina

One of the most famous working man’s wins at the Academy Awards was actually an award given to a woman, Sally Field. As a textile worker trying to organize in Norma Rae, her role as the titular character snagged her the Best Actress award at the 1980 Oscars. Screen shots of her holding a scrap of cardboard with the word “UNION” scratched across it float around labor social media sites pretty regularly, including our own Labor 411 Facebook page.

Five Sweet Valentine’s Day Classics

By Michael Messina

Whether it’s your wife of 50 years or a friendly coworker that deserves a nice surprise, these are five Valentine’s Day classics that will bring a little bit of joy into someone’s world. And of course, they’re union made.

Union Chef: One Pan Pasta

By Linda Dao

Looking for a simple yet delicious meal this Valentine’s Day? We have a pasta dish that requires minimal cooking time and less cleanup since everything is cooked in one pan.

As always, our recipes are designed with union-made ingredients and help support good jobs here in the U.S.!

WATCH: The Happiest Workers are Union Members

By Sahid Fawaz

It's official: union members are happier. According to a New York Times report, union membership means happier workers. Not a big surprise to those who already enjoy the benefits of union membership. But it's a great signal to non-members to join the ranks and help lift themselves up to the standards of those currently working under collective bargaining agreements.

With that in mind, AFSCME has put together a terrific video below to celebrate the news!

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WATCH: Largest U.S. Oil Strike Since the 1980s Happening Now

By Sahid Fawaz

Members of the United Steelworkers of America ("USW") have walked off the job at 11 plants throughout the country after their employers refused to engage in good faith bargaining.

The USW states:

"The oil industry is the richest in the world, but their greed and their bad faith bargaining has stalled efforts to improve conditions in their workplaces. The industry has refused to address serious health and safety issues including:

  • the daily occurrence of fires, leaks, emissions, and explosions,
  • understaffing at refineries that forces workers to put in excessive overtime,
  • brutal and dangerous scheduling practices, and
  • unsafe reliance on outside contractors."

For more on this story, make sure to check out the in-depth news piece below:

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Man Who Walks 21 Miles a Day to Work Gets Surprise Car from Ford

By Sahid Fawaz

As the story of James Robertson, who has walked 21 miles a day for 10 years to get to work, went viral over the past week, support poured from people from all over who were blown away by his resilience. But one gesture stood above all the rest when James received a brand new Ford Taurus from a dealership. 

As the Detroit Free Press reports, James "registered total surprise Friday as he walked into the Suburban Ford dealership in Sterling Heights, [MI] expecting just to get some brochures. Instead, his dream car was there waiting and ready."

For more on this heartwarming story, check out the full newscast below:

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Valentine’s Day Picnic

Ok, guys, it’s time to start thinking about the big date for this Feb. 14. This year we suggest making a day of it and heading to your favorite romantic outdoor spot. Lay out the checkered blanket and share some (union-made) sandwiches, a box of chocolate and a bottle of wine. Tell her how glad you are you found her and you should have this one in the bag. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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