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Look for these union-made-in-the-USA products and services while shopping. Buying union-made supports good jobs. America is at its best when we say and shop UNION YES!

AFL-CIO Official Boycott List

An important function of our Department is to help unions conduct national boycotts that have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO Executive Council. The Department maintains and publishes the “Don’t Buy” list of companies being boycotted and the products and services involved. In addition, you can see information on boycott updates.

Label Letter

The Label Letter is the official newsletter of the Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO. The bi-monthly publication is mailed to some 25,000 labor leaders, activists and union members six times a year.

UL&STD Latest News

Bakery Workers Double Down on Nabisco Consumer Boycott

On March 23, the BCTGM — which represents nearly 4,000 members at Mondelez International, maker of Nabisco snack products — escalated its efforts to promote its “Check the Label” campaign. The action is in response to the layoff of the first 277 workers at the Southside Nabisco Chicago Bakery.

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Divided Supreme Court Narrowly Rejects Anti-Worker Attack

When the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Friedrichs v. the California Teacher Association, ended in a 4-4 tie, public-sector unions breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since its initial filing in 2013, labor activists feared the case could deal a crippling blow to public-sector unions throughout the country.

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Delivering Hope

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

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Take the Buy Union Pledge

I pledge to buy union-made-in-the-USA whenever possible. I know that by purchasing union-made products and services I am supporting working families in my community and beyond. We all need to do our part. As union members how we spend our hard earned dollars makes a difference in the lives of our families, friends and neighbors. Our purchases also help keep good, middle class jobs here in the USA. I’ll do my part to support working families by pledging to buy union.

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AFL-CIO Latest News

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Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

Posted: May 1, 2016, 1:00 pm

The road to U.S. citizenship is rarely easy. For those who complete the journey, the sense of reward and accomplishment is unparalleled. On April 27, a ceremony was held in honor of more than 100 new American citizens who were joined by their friends and family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, at an event sponsored by Union County and We Are One New Jersey.

Posted: April 30, 2016, 1:00 pm

Repaying your student loans can be a serious challenge. In fact, around 20% of federal direct student loan borrowers in repayment are at risk of defaulting or are already in default. There are lots of options out there to make repaying easier, but they can be confusing and hard to find. Not to mention the student debt help scams out there.

Posted: April 29, 2016, 7:30 pm

Recent Labor News Confirms Importance of 2016 Presidential Elections for Unions

The split decision in the Friedrich’s case, an unveiled attack on public unions by rightwing opponents  to collective bargaining, produced a stalemate which leaves those rights as they were. In the event that the Supreme Court cannot reach a decision, the lower court ruling stands. Therefore, public unions can continue to represent their members and to collect dues to meet union expenses. The absence of the late Justice Antonin Scalia from the Supreme Court was the key to this quasi-victory. To maintain public employee bargaining rights and to keep public employee unions strong, a progressive replacement for Scalia on the Supreme Court is needed. Undoubtedly, the anti-union element will try again to reverse earlier decisions affirming these rights. To make the victory secure, a more progressive Supreme Court is needed. Hence, the importance of November’s presidential election. The next president will name judges to federal courts at every level. And who knows, maybe President Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia will eventually be seated. If not, the Supreme Court seat and all it implies for union rights will be hugely important in 2017. Finally, kudos to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and the Obama administration for the new union persuader rule that requires the identification of consultants hired by companies to defeat union organizing campaigns. Such activities should be known to employees. The Obama administration, friendly to unions, their members and potential members, produced the persuader rule. An unfriendly administration could reverse it. One more indication of the presidential election’s importance.... read more

Pyrex: Strong Glass, Strong Union

Made by members of Local 53G Pyrex is made from sturdy soda-lime glass. Pyrex is safe to use in both the oven and the microwave and is heat-treated to increase its resistance to breakage if knocked or dropped.

Since 1936, Pyrex bakeware has been made in the Pennsylvania river town of Charleroi, where USW members today produce 50 million pieces of glassware each year. Some 300 USW Local 53G members produce some 45 million bowls, measuring cups, pie plates, casserole dishes and other pieces each year.

Corning Inc. began making Pyrex cookware in 1915, and as late as the 1970s, some pieces were made by hand. Owned by World Kitchen LL since 1998, Pyrex is made in Charleroi using a complex mechanized system, with a team of Steelworkers overseeing each step.

The Union Advantage: By the Numbers

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More than 79% of Union Workers Have Jobs That Provide Health Insurance Benefits

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Union Member's Wages are 27% Higher than Non-Union Workers

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Unionized Workers are 60% More Likely to Have Employer-Provided Pensions

Number of U.S. Union Members (in Millions)

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.

Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.

More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.

Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.

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