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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.

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Working Families Toolkit

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...

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Stop the Waiting Games: Fund the TSA

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.

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Thousands rally as 22,000 miners are threatened with cut off of health benefits

UMWA Plans March on Washington

Lexington, Kentucky–Over 5,000 miners rallied here last Tuesday to protest health benefit cuts threatened to happen before the end of the year. Responding to the call of their union, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), miners came from seven states to gather at the convention center. Some arrived with walkers, canes, wheel chairs, and oxygen tanks, giving tangible evidence of the toll on human health inflicted by the mining industry.

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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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I can still recall the first time I saw what state-sanctioned discrimination looked like.

Growing up in rural Kentucky in the first half of the 20th century, I witnessed firsthand the extreme measures that elected officials would take to prevent African-American men like my father from voting.

Posted: August 23, 2016, 5:46 pm

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It’s almost September, and black women, who earn just 66 cents to the dollar of white men, have hit the point in the year when their earnings, added to last year’s, match what their white male counterparts made in 2015. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wages of black women compared with white women are falling further behind.

Posted: August 23, 2016, 1:18 pm

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) that determines U.S. monetary policy met in July.  Its job is to weigh the state of the American economy, both the labor market and inflationary pressures to set policy.  In an interesting note, its discussion of the labor market explicitly noted the condition of the African American and Hispanic unemployment rates.  More than just an aside, reflecting on the status of June’s labor market the minutes of the meeting show the following note:

“The unemployment rates for African Americans and for Hispanics stayed above the rate for whites, al­though the differentials in jobless rates across the different groups were similar to those before the most recent recession.”

Posted: August 22, 2016, 5:52 pm

Social Security, Other Issues Face a Crucial 2016 Election

Social Security has a Union Label. The 1935 passage of the original Social Security act was preceded by long-term labor movement activism. Every subsequent improvement and extension of social security protection was moved forward by labor movement action. Protections for disabled workers, Medicare and Medicaid, all part of the Social Security program, were the result of pressure from the labor movement and its allies in government and beyond.

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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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