By Sahid Fawaz

1.    A Peacoat from Sterlingwear

Made by members of UNITE-HERE Local 1 in East Boston, MA, Sterlingwear peacoats are stylish, comfortable, and all about quality. Sterlingwear’s products are made to such high standards that the company has been the exclusive manufacturer of the US Navy peacoat for over 40 years. If you’re looking for a gift that she’ll love to wrap herself in, browse the full selection of Sterlingwear coats at and help support good union jobs.

1. Shirts from the New England Shirt Company
Based in Fall River, Massachusetts, the New England Shirt Company produces quality dress and sport shirts. Each shirt is made by the highly-skilled members of UNITE-HERE Local 177 who take great pride in manufacturing top quality apparel. Check out the New England Shirt Company clothing selection at and help support great union jobs this holiday season.

By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

We spent a fun afternoon making gingerbread houses as a family this week. Okay, so “gingerbread house” is a pretty loose definition of what we actually made — we used Honey Maid Graham Crackers instead of gingerbread and the houses looked more like lean-tos, but you know what I mean.

You can have your own fun incorporating Union Made products into your gingerbread-house-making this year with candies and foods such as:

Betty Crocker ready to serve Frosting
Baby Ruth
Teddy Grahams

If there is one thing we love to do at Labor 411, it’s eat.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a great quick list of union-made, American-made items for you so that you can help support good middle class jobs while enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

1. Butterball Turkey (UFCW)

By Michael Messina

We feel the need to reiterate this sentiment as often as possible around the holidays: Don’t shop at Wal-Mart.

The thought process behind the boycott effort is a fairly simple one. In a modern, first-world country that prides itself on its ability to give a hard working man or woman the chance to live a life of decency and good health, it is an employer’s obligation to provide the means.

Wal-Mart does not.

By Sahid Fawaz

1.    Thanksgiving is a day for family. For a worker there is nothing family about spending Thanksgiving stocking shelves so that corporate fat cats can get even fatter.

2.    Stop making the super rich even richer. Speaking of fat cats, don’t the Waltons, who are worth over 100 billion dollars, have enough money already? Aren’t they rich enough to give their workers a day off? So, yeah, our second reason is to stop making the super rich even richer.

Art has always inspired and evoked emotion through the ages. It is no different when recounting the history of labor. Here are five images that tell tales and teach lessons that we believe are everlasting reminders of an often beautiful movement.

1932. “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” Attributed to Charles Ebbits.

While the shot itself was actually a publicity stunt, the casual attitude of the workers at such a height is at the same time both witty and terrifying, and a reminder of the daily dangers these men faced as laborers.

By Guest Blogger Ashley Beard-Fosnow

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the season utterly devoted to expressing gratitude.

The kids and I made a Thanksgiving Tree by jamming a stick into one of the potted plants I managed to kill this year. We cut out paper leaves and each day we write something we are thankful for on a leaf. I made my leaves in advance to express many of the ways I’m grateful for my husband’s Union and the contributions of the Labor Movement to society. I know, you might think I’m just cheering on the home team, but truly, we enjoy an amazing quality of life because we are a Union family. Furthermore, throughout history the Labor Movement has created opportunities and protection for all Americans.

My Thanksgiving leaves include blessings such as:

– Weekends to Spend Time Together as a Family
– 8 Hour Work Days or Overtime
– Clint’s Breaks at Work