Kicking off your holiday spending with super-deals on Black Friday? While a good deal might save you buck, Labor 411 believes your money should go toward a quality, union-made gift that has the backing of strong American labor. We’ve got a few things to get you started.

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Grad Students at Ivy League Colleges are Fighting Back

By Sandy Southivilay

Pointing to the burden of long hours, low pay and racial and gender inequality among faculty and students, graduate students at two Ivy League universities, Yale and Harvard, are fighting back with union organizing drives. At Yale, the Graduate Employee and Students Organization (GESO) have repeatedly asked the administrators to negotiate, but to no avail. Earlier this spring hundreds of students delivered a petition to the administration signed by more than 1,100 members of the organization. “We are a union and we are not waiting for recognition to act like one,” said GESO co-chairwoman Robin Canavan, a third-year grad student.

By Kelly Ross

Switch it up this Thanksgiving and try a Baked Cranberry Brie. This sweet and savory appetizer is a fresh take on a traditional Thanksgiving staple that is sure to wow your guests. With pops of brilliant colors it is almost too pretty to eat. But rest assured it tastes as good as it looks! Like always, all of our recipes are designed to be prepared with union-made ingredients and support good jobs!

By Sahid Fawaz

The public has spoken and said no to stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. As a result, more and more chains are refusing to open that day. As of today the number of stores staying closed on Thanksgiving has increased to at least 30!

Here they are below. Help us support responsible employers by patronizing those stores that support a day off for employees on one of America’s major holidays.

By Kelly Ross

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is a big supporter of labor unions and has even been known to join organized labor on a picket line or two. However, this is not the first time a presidential candidate has joined workers on the front lines to fight for fair wages and better working conditions. In the late 1960s Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy stood hand in hand with migrant farm workers picketing in the streets.

By Ross Lenihan

Get ready to rev those American-made engines because car season is upon us. The Los Angeles Auto Show runs from November 20-29, the Detroit North American International Auto Show hits in January, and the Chicago Auto Show runs throughout mid-February (Labor 411 will be covering the LA Auto Show in-person, so keep your eyes peeled for blogs and social media posts on the newest and hottest trends coming out of the auto world).

By Ross Lenihan

University of Missouri President Tom Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin have both resigned, marking the culmination of months of student and faculty protests over racial tensions and other on-campus issues. However, the issue did not gain national attention until the University of Missouri football team announced that it would not play until Wolfe stepped down.