By Sahid Fawaz

If you’re in the market for an SUV, make sure to check out these three bestsellers. Proudly made by the hardworking members of the United Auto Workers (UAW), these SUVs deliver on style and performance, while still remaining affordable for the average consumer. And remember, every purchase of American and union-made automobiles helps support good middle class jobs at home!

1. Ford Escape

The #1 bestselling SUV of 2013, the Ford Escape offers a lot of bang for the buck at its affordable price.

The 2013 model has departed from its previous boxy design, replacing it with an attractive and more curvy look. And it’s also one of the most technologically advanced SUVs with its Ford Sync voice-activation system and the MyFord Touch, which has even faster reaction times on the 8-inch touch-screen.

The Best Union Summer Skin Products, Brought to you by The United Steel Workers & The United Commercial Food Workers, in Conjunction with the Sun

By Melissa Bobrowicz
 
Attention all beauty enthusiasts: Summer 2013 has officially begun!

Here in Los Angeles, we are lucky enough to get enough sunlight year-round to make the rest of the world jealous, but as Angelenos, perfecting the art of “summer skin” is a pretty serious business (literally, as well as figuratively!)   When summer begins, it seems as if everyone starts to glow.

Labor 411 has put together a few cocktail recipes for you over the years, so we figured with the warm weather coming around you might want to find them all in one place. See our Union-Made Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea and Margarita recipes below. Also, we’ve added a new one to the list – Union-Made Piña Coladas! Enjoy!

Piña Colada: On a warm day it’s the ultimate lay out by the beach and soak up the sun drink.

by Sahid Fawaz

1. “Union workers are paid too much”

Fact: Employees in a unionized workplace only get paid what their employers agree to pay them. A collective bargaining agreement is not a unilateral document. It is a meeting of the minds by the union and the employer on wages and benefits, among other things. Employers are only required to bargain in good faith – they are not required to pay workers as much as they demand.

Often the reality is that non-union counterparts are paid too little, rather than the union workers being paid too much. 

A step-by-step guide to a union-made Father’s Day

By Michael Messina

Our dads have done a lot for us over the years; from carrying us on his shoulders when we were small to guiding us through life’s lessons as we became adults. Once a year we give a little back to Dad on Father’s Day, and Labor 411 has put together a union-made day that will put a smile on his face.

Step 1. Make him a classic breakfast: Bacon and eggs, a side of toast and a steaming hot cup o’ joe.

Bacon: Alexander and Hornung, Butterball, Farmland, Farmer John, Hormel, Oscar Mayer

Eggs: Alta Dena, BonEEBest, Horizon, President’s Choice

By Michael Messina

Just about everyone loves movies; from explosive action flicks to intellectual mind benders to revealing documentaries. We just spent a whole week celebrating IATSE members — the working hands behind these great films — and as a quick follow up we want to show you how you can know for sure if an IATSE member has been involved in the film you just watched.

Our goal at Labor 411 is to identify as many union-made products and services for you, the consumer. I rarely find any product whatsoever with a literal union label or stamp on it these days and a big part of why we exist as a service is because of this very inconvenience.

Not so with IATSE.

By Melissa Bobrowicz

The only prerequisite was that wherever we went that day, it had to tie into the labor movement. I guess you could call it a union-themed date. He took interest in the fact that I worked on behalf of the movement. “Are there any Millennials supporting labor right now, I mean, at the meetings you go to?” and “It’s funny, because I almost feel like our generation doesn’t see a distinction between classes anymore.” and “Does our generation continue the labor movement, or do we simply evolve it?”

Good questions. And the answers would come, all in good time, but I figured the best place to start was to get him involved with a little social interaction. “This Saturday, it’s you, me, and everything that’s cool about unions,” I said.

by Sahid Fawaz On April 1st, we launched our first ever Buy Union Week campaign with the “Support United Steelworkers Week” initiative via social media. Since then, we have reached over million people with the buy-union message. Because of the campaign, social media followers from all over the world have gained awareness on which products…

By Sahid Fawaz

There is nothing quite like the feel of driving a performance machine. And it is even better when we know that the car is made in America by proud union members.

We have put together a list of three awesome 2013 sports cars that show off American craftsmanship and union quality, while delivering world class performance. Each car is a legend in its own right and is made by the uncompromising and hardworking members of the United Auto Workers.

June is almost here, and June equals heat. Labor 411 has some great ways to take the temperature down a notch or two. We’ve got a three-day weekend with Memorial Day on Monday, so if you’re celebrating like we are, you’re going to need some supplies and we’ve got all the union-made choices to make the day perfect.

It’s also the United Food and Commercial Workers Week at Labor 411 so we’ve compiled a list of some great UFCW products to help you chill out.