By Sahid Fawaz

If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, do yourself a big favor and check out one of these beauties assembled by proud Canadian union workers. Each car offers style, the latest technology, and lots of power. Because of the integration of U.S. and Canadian vehicle production, all these vehicles made in Canada include significant UAW-made content and support the jobs of UAW workers. Test drive one today and help support good middle class jobs!

1. Cadillac XTS

Manufactured in Oshawa, Ontario, the XTS is a gorgeous quality car that combines luxury and performance. Available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the XTS is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine that pumps out 304 horsepower and gets 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
Standard features include keyless entry, leather seat upholstery, front and side airbags, parking assist, 8-way power front seats, and more.

MSRP: $44,600

By Sahid Fawaz

The TPP, which stands for Trans-Pacific Partnernship, is easily one of the most threatening pieces of legislation facing American workers today.

According to the Teamster Nation blog, the legislation would,

make it easier to pass job-killing trade deals like NAFTA.

The legislation is known as ‘fast track.’ Sponsors know phony trade bills in the works  — TPP and TAFTA — won’t pass if anyone looks at them too closely. People rightly suspect these deals will kill good American jobs, undermine democracy, raise the cost of health care and let tainted food from overseas into our grocery stores.

By Michael Messina

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for our country’s retail industry: ‘Take care of the customer, take care of employees, and keep your expenses in line.’ Sounds simple enough, right? And I’m sure many large retailers claim to already live by such a motto.

It’s actually a quote from Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, a retail industry leader that takes the second part of that message – ‘take care of employees’ – to a level that is revered by many in the organized labor community, including us here at Labor 411.

By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

As the new year begins, my family and I make an effort to take stock of the previous twelve months and evaluate successes and opportunities to grow in the coming year. We have had our most successful year ever, in our goal to buy and use union made products. That said, we are determined to do even better in 2014!

We have switched brands on our most commonly purchased items to union made when the option exists, but next year we hope to use the Labor 411 directory as a reference for trying new items and unfamiliar brands.

Labor 411’s Test Kitchen is just in time for the holidays! We’re sharing a recipe for Homemade Eggnog, which is THE traditional holiday beverage. We’ve got a recipe to make it using all union-made ingredients – and 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.

By Sahid Fawaz

Really? You would have thought that the U.S. Olympic Committee would have learned its lesson by now.

Two years ago they caught a great deal of heat from Congress and the public for dressing Olympic athletes in uniforms made in China. Yet two more stories have emerged over the past few weeks around the same issue.

Looking for a great union-made gift for a nephew, grandchild, or your own kids? Then check out these fun games below made by the proud members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers. And remember, each time you purchase a union-made product, you support good middle class jobs!

1.    Candyland: Disney Princess Edition