Union Summer: Recipe Spotlight, Grilled Corn

corn on the cobBy Shelly Lurie

Nothing reminds us more of summer than cooking food on a barbeque - with the quintessential side dish always being grilled corn on the cob.
We’ve spiced up this classic summer staple with two fun recipes that are sure to fit in with any BBQ! As always, our recipes are designed to be prepared with union-made ingredients and support unionized grocery stores.

Walmart Workers Who Live On Poverty Wages: In Their Own Words

by Sahid Fawaz

One of the prevailing myths about the economic landscape today is that if a person merely works then he or she will do fine. The reality, hwoever, is that huge, wealthy multinational companies are leading a race to the bottom by paying poverty level wages to their workers while giving their executives lavish compensation packages. The video below by the AFL-CIO examines this growing problem through the story of Tiffany, a Walmart employee. After watching it, make sure to check out the site http://www.aflcio.org/Corporate-Watch/Paywatch-2014 for more on this issue.

Union Summer: A Drink to Keep You Cool and Refreshed

strawberry basil cocktailBy Shelly Lurie

It may not “officially” be summer yet, but boy, the heat here in California is really making us want to get outside and soak up the rays with a light, refreshing beverage in hand. We’ve gotten creative by bringing hard cider and liquor together; the combination is crisp and sweet with a bit of a kick. The best part: It’s crafted with union-made ingredients!  What more could you ask for on a hot day?

This cocktail is sure to keep you cool and refreshed through the summer while putting power to the purchase! Give it a try, and let us know what you think.

Union-Made Sunscreens: Protect Your Skin and the American Worker

coppertMay 27 is National Sunscreen Day! Yes, summer has unofficially started and the sun worshippers will be back at the beach and taking full advantage of the warm weather. Don’t forget the Coppertone and Bain de Soleil!

bain de soleilThese union-made products not only protect your skin, but represent companies that protect a way of doing business that benefits the American middle-class worker. Both are made by members of the United Steelworkers and knowing that will make the kiss of the sun feel that much warmer.

A Toast to Our Heroes on Memorial Day

beer cheersBy Michael Messina

This Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. We remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving to protect this country, its citizens and all the freedoms that we enjoy so much. Shake the hand of a veteran, hug a member of the United States military or simply say thank you for all they have fought for.

Five Luxury Union Hotels That Will Wow You

by Sahid Fawaz

With summer around the corner, it's a great time to book a getaway or two. And when you're trying to decide on a hotel, UNITE HERE has you covered with their terrific list of union hotels. We went through that list and picked some jaw-dropping hotels that set the standard for luxury and style. Everyone should experience at least one of these hotels at some point in their life - they are truly a breed apart. And the best thing is you will be supporting good union jobs by choosing these hotels!

1. Mandarin Oriental New York



Hope and Progress: More Car Washers Unionize

clean carwash

By Michael Messina

Workers who wash cars for a living have it tough. The water, the chemicals, the long hours all equal harsh working conditions.

But things are starting to look up for over 100 “carwasheros” in Los Angeles. Over a dozen car wash locations in Southern California, from Ventura to San Diego, have signed union contracts in recent months, thanks to our friends at the United Steelworkers and their terrific collaboration with the Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) car wash campaign.  What will that mean for the workers? Better wages, better working conditions and a voice on the job. The CLEAN campaign, in conjunction with the United Steelworkers Local 675, has been working to spread the word of these unionized workers, now totaling 133 employees.

Retailer Only Sells American-Made Products

by Sahid Fawaz
One question consumers often have is where to buy American-made products. One store in Angola, Indiana has made it easier for them by running a business that sells only American goods. 
The American Store, formerly known as American Made Shopper, is on a mission to provide consumers a no-hassle way of finding and buying American products. Its founder, Jeff Face, says that upon return from military duty overseas, “I decided somebody had to stand up and provide leadership. I'm not talking about politics; I'm talking about practical businesses that care about the country. I cannot stand by and watch our country go down the drain.” 
To learn more about this visionary company, check out the video below; and, if you’re ever in Indiana, stop by the store and help support good American jobs.

Four Worker-Friendly Alternatives to Walmart

by Sahid Fawaz
Finding employee-friendly businesses to shop at nowadays can be a bit difficult. With a Walmart in virtually every town, it’s easy to forget that there are companies out there that pay their workers well.  With that in mind, we decided to put together this list of businesses to make it easier for you to shop responsibly.
With an average wage of $21/hour, a CEO who supports a minimum wage increase, and a labor force that is roughly 10% unionized, Costco is one of the best places to shop responsibly. And the membership fee is completely refundable if at any time you are not satisfied with shopping there.
Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s gets rave reviews by its workers. And for good reason. According to CNN, “full-time crew members can start in the $40,000 to $60,000 a year range.” That is more than double what workers earn at many other supermarkets. If there is a Trader Joe’s near you, definitely give it a shot.
With workers at many of its stores represented by the UFCW, Kroger pays union wages and good benefits to employees. These workers have the security of a union contract and the power to bargain collectively about their pay and working conditions.
This employee-owned store has “94 Employee Owned Stores in eight states (Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Texas) with nearly 15,000 employees.” With prices just as competitive, if not more so, than Walmart's, Winco offers an alternative that is easy on your wallet while providing good paying jobs.

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