By Kelly Ross

Unions, the folks that brought us the 40 hour work week, weekends, child labor laws, safety regulations, sick pay and health benefits. Who needs them right? Definitely not Americans, we love living in poverty!

By Sahid Fawaz

88 years ago today, Cesar Chavez was born. He would go on to lead a life dedicated to helping the migrant farm worker. His leadership caught the attention of the world and inspired many throughout the labor movement to fight for fair pay and fair treatment. He was a selfless and visionary leader who sought social justice for those who had been stepped on by employers and society for so many years.

Spring is officially here and that means the popping pastels of Easter are just around the corner. If you’re crafting a basket for the little ones, we’ve got a few union-made classics that will accompany those bright eggs perfectly.

By Sahid Fawaz

Next time you hear someone complain workplace regulations and unions, remind them of the fire at the the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in 1911. Unrestrained by workplace safety laws, the factory owners had locked the exits to the stairwells so that the workers – mostly young women aged 16 to 23 – could not take unauthorized breaks. The result was the unnecessary deaths of 146 people who couldn’t escape the fire. 

It’s the first day of spring! That means it’s time to break out the old elbow grease and do some cleaning this weekend. Labor 411 has some union-made cleaners, detergents and the like to get you started.

By Sahid Fawaz

1. Unions are no longer necessary

Wage stagnation and a decline in real incomes for middle class families has become one of the biggest problems facing the country. The middle class is shrinking and college graduates are putting off buying homes and cars because of low salaries. Meanwhile productivity is higher than ever and corporate profits are through the roof. So where is the money going? Instead of to the worker, more and more of it is going to corporate execs and CEOs, leading to increasing income inequality.

By Kelly Ross

Happy birthday to one of America’s most beloved board games, Monopoly! The union-made favorite that has brought millions of families together and is responsible for countless rivalries turns 80 today.