By Michael Messina

With the new year comes the obligatory question: Do you have any resolutions? And we tend to give the obligatory answers: Go to the gym more; eat healthier; laugh more often. And here at Labor 411, our answer tends to be the same each year, too. And for good reason; it’s an ongoing resolution: to make the American middle class stronger than it was the year before.

Get ready to pop the cork for 2016! If you’re looking for some union-made champagne for the New Year, we’ve got plenty of choices, along with a great selection of wine, beer and other top-quality drinks. And if you party a little too hard, we’ve got the relief, too.

The younger generations claim they care about income inequality, but are they walking the walk? That’s what Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders asks in her latest Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee. Read more below…

By Cherri Senders

If you talk to young people today about issues such as economic inequality or climate change, you will usually hear them profess deep concern. A survey released earlier this year found that economic and social inequality topped millennials’ list of concerns, followed by climate change.

By Ross Lenihan

As we move into the heart of the holiday season, millions of Americans are preparing to sit down for holiday food and merriment. If you’re like many Americans, this also involves enjoying the annual holiday-themed movies. Here at Labor 411, we’ve got you covered. Because not only is film a heavily unionized industry, there are great union holiday flicks to watch regardless of your taste.

By Michael Messina

As we head into our holiday vacations and time with family, we are often reminded of those who are less fortunate. We can’t forget about the continuing battle to raise the minimum wage to $15 and hour, and this video of a mother and her child is a stark reminder of how immediate the need is. Her struggle is just one of countless similar stories of hard-working Americans who deserve to be able to pay the bills, but can’t.

In the fight for a healthier middle class in this country via a higher minimum wage, Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders says instead of looking for national change, voters should turn their attention to local efforts. Read her Op-Ed in the LA Daily News…

By Cherri Senders

While Democrat presidential aspirants have long paid lip service to the gap between rich and poor, Republican contenders usually shy away from the issue, dismissing it as class warfare. Now candidates from both parties seem to agree that the long-imperiled American Dream is among the nation’s greatest challenges, from Donald Trump (“The middle class is getting clobbered in this country”) to Hillary Clinton (“The deck is stacked against the middle class”).

By Sandy Southivilay

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling. ‘How could it be so?’…Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!”