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.
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.
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On September 7, 2016, the AFL-CIO officially endorsed the boycott of the Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX per the request of UNITE HERE President, D. Taylor. The boycott includes the Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, Yokoso Sushi Bar, the Landing Restaurant, Century Taproom, and the...read more
Electing the right people to office is an important part of ensuring that workers’ rights are protected. The new Working Families Toolkit (www.wftoolkit.org ) — built by the AFL-CIO — aims to make electing the right candidates easy. This web-based tool offers prebuilt...read more
By J. David Cox, Sr., AFGE National President
You can have fast lines or good security, but you can’t have both. At least not with the skeleton crew with which the Transportation Security Administration is currently operating.read more
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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"[Temporary work visas are] something that I frankly use and I shouldn't be allowed to use it. We shouldn't have it. Very, very bad for workers." —Donald Trump
This is a historic moment at the intersection of sports and politics. While the anthem protests of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against police violence are the most visible manifestation of this, we are witnessing an unprecedented number of athletes—from the pros to the NCAAs to high school and even to middle school teams—using their hyper-exalted platform and community standing to try and say something about the issues of racial and social justice. This new generation of “jocks for justice” has been inspired to act by struggles in the streets like the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as the ability of athletes to leverage social media in order to go around traditional sports media filters to speak directly to fans. They also are inspired by impatience and the guiding principle that justice delayed is justice denied.
In this new video, we hear the stories of Ladonna and Michael, two Nabisco workers who made Oreos in Chicago. They are hardworking people who put their heart and soul into making products that provide joy for many Americans. When Mondelēz International, Nabisco's parent company, announced that 600 jobs would be leaving the country, the ensuing stress made Ladonna lose her hair. Literally.
Labor Day has great meaning to many. Yes, a three-day weekend filled with family gatherings, last-minute end of summer trips, barbecues and fun, but it means so much more to those of us in the Labor Movement. It’s a call to action. For the Union Label Department, it...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
More than 79% of Union Workers Have Jobs That Provide Health Insurance Benefits
Union Member's Wages are 27% Higher than Non-Union Workers
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.