July 4 is the most patriotic day of the year. And what is more patriotic than throwing an Independence Day party using American-made, union-made products?! Get things started with our summer supplies list and see below for the rest.

Are businesses inherently against wage increases? And should they be? Labor 411 founder Cherri Senders writes in the Los Angeles Business Journal about a possible shift in the narrative and why many businesses and consumers are embracing the idea of pumping up workers’ paychecks.

With the city of Los Angeles set to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, much of the drama surrounding the pay increase will now shift to nearby municipalities. Los Angeles County and several surrounding cities are already debating a hike, with supporters touting the benefits to workers and communities even as opponents predict major job losses and business flight.

Labor 411 also makes it easy for folks to spend their money wisely when preparing for fun in the sun. By purchasing any of the items below, you can be sure that your hard-earned dollars are going to businesses that treat their employees well with good pay, good benefits and safe working conditions.

By Kelly Ross

Thousands of men and women devoted their lives to the early labor movement and the procurement of workers’ rights. These were the individuals who chose to organize and fight against injustice in a time where the very act of unionizing was not only unpopular but could cost them their lives. One of these devoted activists and leaders in the labor movement was a man by the name of Eugene V. Debs.

There are some things every dad should have. Labor 411 presents three essentials for the father who does it all. Get him one or all three for Father’s Day this year and know it’s quality, union-made gear.

Shopping responsibly isn’t the easiest thing to do. It definitely can be difficult to find grocery stores that treat their employees well. After all, they don’t exactly advertise that they do so (and the bad ones don’t advertise that they treat their employees poorly). With that in mind, we decided to make grocery shopping easier by putting together the list below so that you don’t have to do the guesswork!