By Ross Lenihan

Tens of thousands of Verizon workers have walked off the job, marking one of the biggest workplace strikes in the U.S. in years (and in fact involves more workers than all 2014 strikes combined). Carrying on the theme of BuyBlue Week – where we’re encouraging ethical consumer choices to support good companies – below is a list of actions Verizon has taken that are both hostile to workplace organizing and help explain why the telecom giant repeatedly gets slammed in customer satisfaction surveys.

By Sandy Southivilay

Long before National Equal Pay Day, women activists were pushing to increase women’s wages as early as the 1960s with the dawn of the Equal Pay Act. The Equal Pay Act, signed by President Kennedy, aimed to abolish the wage disparity based on sex. However, more than fifty years later, the gender pay gap still exists. It’s about time both men and women become more aware of how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the year before.

The pay disparity is seen in careers all throughout the U.S., including sports.

Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders writes for the LA Daily News on the company’s latest campaign: BuyBlue. It is a week of concentrated ethical consumer spending for the betterment of middle-class America. Read more below…

By Cherri Senders

If you are like most Americans, you are worried about the historically high levels of economic inequality in this country. A recent New York Times poll found that two-thirds of respondents believe that the gap between rich and poor needs to be addressed now, and that income and wealth should be distributed more evenly. In a separate survey, nearly half of those polled by market firm GfK expect companies to provide good, living-wage jobs.

If you’re like us, you’re thrilled that around 9 million of your fellow citizens will soon be getting a raise. That’s thanks to California and New York passing $15 minimum wage laws (that’s roughly double the minimum set under federal law). The change may seem dramatic, but in fact it is the result of countless hours of organizing by movements across the nation, in particular the Fight for 15.

The sun’s coming out and the temperature is inching up, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. Might as well clean up union style, and Labor 411 has a long list of products that will get your place back in ship shape.