So, we had the annual office party over the Holidays. We’re a small office of twelve people (including part-timers), but each year we make a go of it and invite the spouses and significant others and do our best to have a good time after another long year of fighting the good fight in support of labor.
For 20 years now I’ve been a labor member and activist. I work on labor issues and with the publishing of LA Labor 411 and www.lalabor411.org, I am reluctantly becoming one of the foremost experts on what is and what is not union-made…
..and there is still so much I don’t know.
I decided to do an experiment. Since this Buy Union! challenge has started, it hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve been finding ways to save money. A lot of it has been buying what union-products I can find on sale and by using coupons. In fact, I got so excited during my research about finding so many coupons for union-made goods and being able to save all that money, I decided it would be a good idea to make it a regular feature on our www.LALabor411.org web site.
So, after our day at Disneyland we all piled back into my union-made Ford Escape for the long drive home. Everyone had a great time, but it was late and we had all experienced a lot of walking, gawking, eating and rides so we were worn out. As we pulled out of the parking lot I baited the group, “Another successful Buy Union! Challenge day! WOOHOOO!!!”
As you may have read from one of my recent blogs, I kind of slipped off the wagon a bit with my misadventure at Macy’s. But after all, it’s the holiday season and I’ve got to buy presents.
I’ll come clean here.
Some of the more challenging aspects of this Buy Union experiment hasn’t really been the changing of habits (that was what I thought would be most difficult), it’s been having less options and paying more. Luckily, I’m not totally addicted to material things, but I like being frugal when I can.
I love what I do because I believe in it and I believe in the movement, but I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t wear me out sometimes.
Yesterday was one of those days. After a late night, I had to be up at 5:30 am to get ready to brave traffic for an early meeting in downtown L.A. Then it was back to the office in Canoga Park (again through traffic, I love L.A!) where I was barraged by more meetings, phone calls, press releases, deadlines for newspapers, enewsletters and L.A. Labor 411’s ever-approaching publication date.
So, my in-laws are coming into town for Thanksgiving and between two dogs, two cats, two kids, a husband, and my big personality, it can get a little busy at my home when family comes to stay. Truth is that I get a bit stressed by the holidays. I love them, don’t get me wrong, but with everything else going on sometimes the tryptophan in the turkey is not enough to completely mellow me out. So, I thought we’d make things a bit less complicated this year and put my in-laws (as wonderful as they are!) up in a hotel for their stay.