Union Chef: Latkes for Hanukkah, 2016 Edition

By Evan Henerson

Hanukkah, like Christmas, comes but once a year. This year it even comes at the same time as Christmas. Unlike that other December holiday, however, Hanukkah continues for eight nights. From a foodie point of view, this can be rather convenient.

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Thoughtful, Ethical Gift-Giving: Focus on Child Labor

By Evan Henerson

At Labor 411, we try to help consumers through the gift-giving season with suggestions from our lists of products made by companies that treat their workers fairly. With the average American poised to spend over $800 this holiday season, researched gift giving can help us all shop our way to a stronger America.

There are other important reasons to check the labels and ask questions before you whip out your credit card.

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New Labor Secretary: 98 Safety Violations and Counting

By Michael Messina

Looking beyond the fact that incoming labor secretary Andrew Puzder made more in one day ($17,192) than one of his Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. employees made in one year ($15,130), the numbers become even more frightening when safety comes into play. The very man who is about to be in charge of protecting workers across the country ran a business (CKE Restaurant Holdings) that saw 98 safety violations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since the year he took over, and fines to boot.

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Who’s Fleeing Hoosierville? Rexnord is Taking its Ball (Bearings) and Going to Mexico

By Evan Henerson

The president-elect may not like it, but another U.S. manufacturer is slashing jobs and heading south of the border.

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Holiday Spotlight – Enjoy Union Friendly Seasonal Activities in the City of Brotherly Love

By Patrick Eiding and Cherri Senders

As easy as it is to get caught up in gift giving and capitalism, the holiday season is also a time to look back at the achievements of organized labor in the continuing fight for workers’ rights. In 2016, Philadelphia witnessed massive gains for workers when the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the union representing nearly 5,000 workers finalized a new contract providing members wage increases and pension improvements. RNs at four area hospitals voted this year to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals – nurses at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and at Hahnemann University Hospital recently ratified their first union  contracts, and RNs at Temple University Hospital ratified a strong, new contract, as well.

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Ideas for Santa: Stocking Stuffers

We hear that Santa still needs to pack some gifts for the stockings and he’s looking for suggestions. Labor 411 has more than a few great gifts that will fit the bill! Send your list to the North Pole and see what union-made goodies come back.

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Twinkie: Good Jobs Lost, Obscene Amounts Made

By Michael Messina

Who would have thought a little yellow cream-filled snack cake could make such trouble? The New York Times recently published an extensive report on the numbers of jobs lost and the piles of cash made by investors from the demise and rebirth of Hostess.

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Holiday Spotlight – Spend a Union-Friendly Yuletide in the City of the Angels

By Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411

Despite a November election that has left the country bitterly divided, the 2016 holiday season is no occasion for bitterness. As we near the end of another successful year in the ongoing fight for better wages, hours and benefits, our dedicated L.A. workers have reason for celebration. Highlights from 2016 include United Food and Commercial Workers agreeing on a new contract that protects more than 50,000 grocery workers, the creation of the Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative, the passage of the affordable housing and local jobs ballot measure Proposition JJJ, and citywide participation in the Day of Disruption in support of union rights and a higher minimum wage for workers across a spectrum of industries. Whatever the season, we can count on L.A’s unions to stay hawkish for positive change throughout the city and nationally.

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Portland Has Decided to Take the Lead and Fight Obscene CEO Pay

By Sahid Fawaz

Portland is taking the lead against out of control executive salaries.

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Holiday Spotlight: Seasonal Favorites in the Nation’s Capital

By Jackie Jeter, President of the Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President of Labor 411

After surviving a game-changing national election that will change the landscape of our nation, Washington DC gears up for the final holiday season of the Obama administration. From a union perspective, 2016 has been a year of action and progress. A few of the many highlights include supporting our service workers brothers and sisters in their continuing fight for a living wage at National and Washington Dulles Airports, seeing the United Food and Commercial Workers approve new contracts with Safeway and Giant, and our continued participation in the ongoing Fight for 15. We salute the work of all our union brothers and sisters in their fight to build a strong middle class.

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