By Michael Messina

Yes, the Oscars are union, very union; from the actors to the below-the-line crew to the people putting on the actual show. Hollywood is a union town through and through. And if you’re watching the festivities at home, we want you to be stocked with the goods that will provide that good old fashioned theater experience. We’ve put together a guide to union-made popcorn, candy and soft drinks – goodies that support companies that treat their workers well.

By Michael Messina

The 5th Annual Labor 411 Oscars Special is here, celebrating another year of awards that revolve around an industry that is highly unionized. Even the show itself is put together and run with union hands. In their honor we’ve put together another fun list of union-made products inspired by this year’s batch of Best Picture nominees.

By Michael Messina

With Donald Trump’s announcement this morning of Alexander Acosta as the new U.S. Secretary of Labor nominee, a collective – if possibly temporary – sigh of relief was heard. As Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination, many in the work world were bracing for a similarly unqualified and nonsensical candidate to take Puzder’s place. While we’re still giving Acosta the rubber stamp of approval at this point, he seems to be the first of his kind in the new administration: a solid and fairly uncontroversial candidate.