“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” proclaimed President Obama on Tuesday. Monday was the last day of open enrollment for the exchanges that have been set up under the new law, and according to the president, 7.1 million Americans signed up. Middle and lower class…

By Sahid Fawaz   The minimum wage issue is back in the spotlight again as workers are increasingly struggling to meet their basic needs. Because of inflation and a lack of Congressional action, those on minimum wage have seen their purchasing power decline dramatically, which in turn results in less demand and a weaker economy.…

By Michael Messina While some call the discussion about minimum wage in this country a “debate,” there are many that have already discovered (or are living proof) that it is not enough to survive on. We at Labor 411 push union-made products and services because of their direct connection to providing a respectable living wage…

by Sahid Fawaz Kellogg first locked out BCTGM members from its Memphis, TN plant over five months ago. This eye-opening video, courtesy of the AFL-CIO, explores the struggles that these workers face as a consequence of Kellogg’s action.

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by Sahid Fawaz Actor and funny-man Tim Allen provides a sneak peek into his awesome collection of American-made cars. From a 1965 Shelby Cobra to a 1950 Cadillac to a 1996 Chevy Impala, Allen’s collection speaks volumes about the timeless quality of American-made automobiles. Included as well in his collection are a couple of German…

By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

“Homemade, Union Made” might sound like an oxymoron, but you can make your own natural cleaning products out of the union made ingredients that you already have on hand.

Window Cleaner: Will clean glass without leaving streaks!

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Ajax (or Palmolive) Dish Liquid

3 Tablespoons Heinz (or Speas) White Distilled Vinegar

2 Cups water

Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix.

 

By Michael Messina Pope Francis and President Obama will meet for the first time next week, on March 27, presumably on common ground. The Salt Lake Tribune recently published an article speculating that the two leaders will discuss topics they know they can collaborate on, rather than their differences. The Tribune writes: …Francis, the first…

Few things are as enlightening about the nuances of union-busting as corporations’ own employee videos. These videos grossly mislead workers about unions in an effort to steer employees away from exercising their federal rights to organize and collectively bargain. For a glimpse into the videos used by the world’s richest corporation, make sure to check…

By Michael Messina

A sobering reminder of the substandard labor conditions in the factories that make much of our clothing here in America (and the rest of the world) reared its ugly head almost a year ago in Bangladesh. The collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in April of 2013 claimed the lives of over 1,100 workers.

The catastrophic nature of the incident sparked a movement to improve factory conditions in that part of the world. The New York Times has issued an article on the findings of the initial inspections by engineers of the Bangladesh Accord Foundation, a group created by more than 150 retailers from around the world in response to the tragedy.