By Michael Messina

Should a woman be forced to choose between a paycheck and a pregnancy? Peggy Young is saying no. Young, an employee for UPS, was forced to go on unpaid leave after her doctor told her she couldn’t do any heaving lifting while pregnant. UPS didn’t have any light-duty work for her and so she was out of luck, and out of a paycheck.

By Sahid Fawaz

One of the biggest hurdles for people who want to buy American-made products is finding stores that sell them. Below are 24 stores that will make the buying American experience seamless. These stores specialize in everything from clothing to jewelry to furniture and more. Check them out below and help support good American jobs.

By Sahid Fawaz

The holiday season is a time of vacation travel for many people. With so much spent on travel during December, it’s a great opportunity to vote with your wallet and support businesses that provide good union jobs. With that in mind, we’ve listed businesses below that employ union labor and pay middle class wages. Now you can take a great vacation and help rebuild the middle class!

Labor 411 founder and publisher Cherri Senders writes on the idea of putting our money where our morals are during the holiday shopping season. In her piece for the Sacramento Bee, she stresses the need for a consumer movement that will support the companies that support their workers, and that it doesn’t take much to make a change…

How many times have we struggled to reconcile our feelings about the “season of giving” with the gross economic inequality we see all around us? Or suffered a twinge of guilt after hearing the latest news report about families living on the edge while we go to the mall for a shopping spree?

By Shelly Lurie

Looking for a simple and delicious treat to make for the holidays? Try our recipe for peppermint bark – it’s two layers of rich chocolate that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  It’s also the perfect dessert to bring to any holiday party and makes a great gift!

By Shelly Lurie

Mollie Stone’s is an institution in the Bay Area for foodies. With nine locations that boast some of the best, freshest local produce along with a host of natural products, this small chain of family-owned markets is the go-to place for healthy gourmands. But they also have every-day groceries so it’s a one-stop shop for everything from fresh fruit to deli meat to milk.

By Shelly Lurie

With a cold winter approaching, it’s time to break out those hot beverages and grab a seat in front of the fireplace. If you’re looking for a drink with a kick, try our recipe for hot buttered rum. It’s a simple recipe for a classic holiday drink that will warm your soul during this cold winter.