By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the season utterly devoted to expressing gratitude.

The kids and I made a Thanksgiving Tree by jamming a stick into one of the potted plants I managed to kill this year. We cut out paper leaves and each day we write something we are thankful for on a leaf. I made my leaves in advance to express many of the ways I’m grateful for my husband’s Union and the contributions of the Labor Movement to society. I know, you might think I’m just cheering on the home team, but truly, we enjoy an amazing quality of life because we are a Union family. Furthermore, throughout history the Labor Movement has created opportunities and protection for all Americans.

My Thanksgiving leaves include blessings such as:

– Weekends to Spend Time Together as a Family
– 8 Hour Work Days or Overtime
– Clint’s Breaks at Work

Buying Union and Other Ways to Take a Stand During the Holidays

By Michael Messina

It’s all very overwhelming. We are entering the time of year, the holiday season, when staying true to the pro-union, conscious-consumer mentality can play second (or even third) fiddle to the exhausting hustle and bustle we all launch into right about now. It’s easy to slip.

This is a call to stand firm. This is the most important time to renew and reinforce your efforts!

By Sahid Fawaz

The next time you hear someone claim that unions are no longer needed, share with them these six facts and graphs. As these numbers reveal, there is a strong correlation between unions and worker prosperity. The saying, “as unions go, so does the middle class,” is more accurate than ever. That is why it is imperative that we all strive to grow the labor movement and fight for greater economic equality for all members of the working class.

 1.    The growth of middle class disposable income is declining.

By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

Fall is finally here and I am ready to reintroduce soup into our dinner menus!  Here are three soups we eat often.  These soups are cheap, easy, and include as many Union Made ingredients as possible.

Chicken Noodle Soup:
Boil w/ 2 Quarts water 4-6 Tyson Chicken Breasts
2 c. chopped carrots
2 c. chopped celery
2 c. chopped onion
2 chicken bullion cubes
And boil for 10 minutes.  Add:
2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can evaporated milk
4 c. slightly cooked Ronzoni Small Egg Bows
Morton Salt and Durkee Pepper to taste

By Michael Messina

Here at Labor 411 we have to be on top of all the current labor news in the country. Admittedly, that news can often be quite dry, so I rounded up a few guys who love to talk labor, economics and the like, and make the topic accessible and often fun. And we just happen to share a similar point of view. Enjoy!

By Sahid Fawaz

Few things get us as charged up at Labor 411 as a great union song! The energy in the singers’ voices and the captivating and honest lyrics in the songs are part of what makes them so great. We enjoy these songs so much that we’ve picked five of them to share with you. If you have a personal favorite, let us know in the comments!

1. Billy Bragg, “There is Power in a Union”

1. Peeps: These guys go all out for the holidays and Halloween is no different. They have an assortment of spongy confections that includes chocolate-dipped orange chicks, marshmallow pumpkins (also come in chocolate-dipped variety), marshmallow ghosts and chocolate mousse flavored cats.

By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

A couple of nasty bugs are going around in our neck of the woods. I was awoken one night last week by the sentence I dread hearing most, “Mommy, I feel sick.” — followed by 24 hours of vomiting. I try to keep the medicine cabinet stocked for just this occasion. The following is a great list of Union Made products from the Labor 411 Directory to cure whatever ails you:

1.    Workers’ real incomes are declining

Americans are working harder and more hours than ever, yet their real incomes have been in decline over the last decade and have not moved up at all over the last twenty years.  Without the negotiating power that comes from collective bargaining, many workers simply don’t have the leverage to stop the decline of their purchasing power – even as their productivity increases and their employers get richer.

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