1.    “Low” prices are actually high

Because Wal-Mart pays low wages to its employees, the rest of us are left to pick up the tab through government services such as welfare and Medicaid. According to a University of California at Berkley study, the average Wal-Mart employee requires over $1,900 a year in government assistance.

What is more shocking is that these employees work for the largest corporation in the world, with revenues over $400 billion a year.

Spring is in full swing and Easter is here! For those of you dying to get going on the, um, dyeing, we’ve got a few chickens on this side of organized labor that are willing to help out. See our list below for your egg supply this year and add a few more goodies to the basket.

We’ve got a union-made candy list and highlighted a few for you right here that are Easter classics.

So many of the working conditions Americans take for granted today – the weekend, overtime protection and safe workplaces – were brought to us by the union movement. Here’s our top five reasons we love labor:

1. The Eight Hour Workday

Hard to believe, but 150 years ago, at the height of the industrial revolution, workers routinely were forced to work 12-14 hours or more a day in factories and textile mills. These unconscionably long hours caused a severe disruption to families and society because workers often had little time for anything else but work. And if the workers didn’t like it, they were simply replaced.
On March 25, Passover, the holiday of freedom, begins at sundown and one of the great debates of our time will be in full swing: Whose Jewish mom makes the best matzah balls? Yours does, of course.
Whoever’s secret recipe is on the table, Labor 411 wants to make sure the ingredients are union made. Don’t forget to put out the glasses for the Manischewitz wine (yep, it’s union), and if you can’t get a hold of that coveted formula, here’s a good matzah ball recipe to try out.
Myth #1: “It’s too difficult to find products that are made in America or union-made”

Sure, finding American made and union-made products requires a little more effort than it did, say, 50 years ago when the vast majority of products were produced in the US and by union labor.  

However, what most people don’t realize is that the little bit of effort is in fact very little. Thanks to the internet, Google, and some great websites, it’s become easier than ever to find great American and union-made products.

One great example is the Labor 411 directory at www.labor411.org. It has over 4,700 American and union products and services listed in easy-to-browse categories. And it includes the name of the union, and local number when available, so that you can know who made the goods.

The website also includes excellent guides and product spotlights as well from holiday gift ideas to great recipes to specialty union food and beverage suggestions.
Another great resource to consult is the unions themselves. Below are a few examples of union pages that we love. They provide detailed information on union-made products and services so that you can make smart purchasing decisions.

  Going through your way through different labor union talks can be quite challenging and taxing. All the people seem to have this likely opinion of being extremely politicized. This article provides a non-opinionated explanation of the advantages, as well as the setbacks with working together a labor union.   Labor Union Organization   On…

For many of us, the holidays bring that all-too familiar sense of dread – a sinking feeling that there are only a few weeks left until Christmas, yet many gifts left to buy. But this year, there’s hope.

The team at Labor 411 wanted to make your Christmas shopping a little easier this year. So we created the exclusive Labor 411 Holiday Shopping List, where you can buy dozens of great gifts for family and friends while helping to rebuild America’s middle class.

Labor 411 Test Kitchen is just in time for the holidays! We’re sharing a recipe for homemade Eggnog! Eggnog is THE traditional holiday beverage, and we’ve got a recipe to make it using all union made ingredients! You’ll find the union brands listed next to each item. This quintessential holiday beverage is perfect to share with your friends and family.

Be forewarned: this recipe contains a little bit of alcohol.  Do not consume alcohol if you are underage.

What better way to kick off the Buy Union, Buy American month of December than with a handy list of the best in union made clothing – starting with our friends in the Northeast. Proud members of UNITE HERE associated with the New England Joint Board (NEJB) make some of the finest clothing in facilities located throughout Massachusetts. These union members’ hard work and dedication to quality has earned them a first-class reputation for the great clothing that they make.

The next time you go shopping, check out these clothes below made by UNITE HERE members and consider buying union made. And stay tuned for future lists of additional Union clothing manufacturers. Or click  on the “Apparel” link here for a complete list of union-made clothing options.

When most people hear the phrase, “union made,” they assume, reasonably, that the product or service in question was actually made by union members.

Apparently, one company disagrees with that premise. ‘Union Made’ – a very upscale clothing store in San Francisco and Los Angeles is very aware that it is selling products that are mostly NOT union made. But it is stealing our good name and reputation anyway.