I was born here in Los Angeles, but I’ve spent a large part of my life traveling. Travelling is probably my greatest passion in life. I love experiencing new cultures and the way they look at life. It broadens a person’s mind at the same time reminds you of all the things that are special…

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Did you know that 83% of products recalled over the last year were foreign made?  The overwhelming majority of these recalls were against Chinese-made goods. In recent years toxic Chinese dog food has painfully killed 3600 American dogs and cats. 81 American citizens were killed by a Chinese blood thinner before it was recalled. In…

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Sometimes advertising really hits a nerve. In my search for an American union-made car, I’ve found most car ads have not been that helpful or informative. But Jeep recently put out a commercial that summarized so much of what LA Labor 411 supports.  It talked about how once we as a nation defined ourselves by what we made. Now, we’re defined by what we consume. Its message: “it was time to return to the basics,” impressed me enough that I decided to look into a Jeep Grand Cherokee as an option.

It’s amazing how inundated we are with advertising, but we’re not necessarily any clearer on what is the best product for us to buy. I can’t count how many American car commercials and advertisements I see in a week, on TV, on billboards and in the newspaper. Still, there’s not much in these commercials about quality (not enough at least), even less about buying American, and nothing on the importance of supporting the middle class by buying union.

Imagine a world in which every person spent their money ethically.  That is a world without poverty-a cleaner, better, more positive world. The truth is that in these fast immediate times we often don’t think of how our buying habits really affect the way the world works. When you purchase a good or service, you are rewarding the way that a company does business. So, it’s not just a thing you’re buying when you spend your money. You’re also buying into the system which supports providing that good or service… like it or not.

When a person buys union they are investing in the American Dream. They are supporting businesses that support American workers and their ability to live a fruitful life.

Purchasing a product from Communist China or another Third World nation with dubious human rights records? Not so much. Think about that the next time you buy something. Ask yourself, “Who am I supporting with this purchase?”