Union Label & Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO 202-508-3700 unionlabel@unionlabel.org

Union-Made in the USA

Did you know that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe store features all union-made in the USA products? Items available from the store include apparel, office supplies, and books. And, just in time for “Buy Union Week” the DCCC store is offering buy one item get 50% off the second. To receive your discount enter the coupon code DCCCSTORE2XHALFA at check out.

Beat the Black Friday Crowds with the New Union Made Store

by Mike Hall, Nov 26, 2010

While all the bargain hunters camp out and stampede for Black Friday specials in malls today, you can shop union online. From the comfort of your own home with a cup of coffee and maybe a piece of leftover pumpkin pie, you can find some bargains for the activists on your list at the new AFL-CIO Online Store—Union Made.TM 

The mini shopping site provides much of the same apparel, caps, buttons, bumper stickers and other items that were found at The Union Shop OnlineTM before it closed in April.

You can proudly wear or give the union label with a great “Union Made” black hoodie or be a bit more provocative with the “Kicking Ass for the Working Class” T-shirt. Don’t forget the classic Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” long sleeve T-shirt. There is the always popular “Got a Boss? Get a Union” coffee mug.

On the clearance shelves are a whole batch of buttons, bumper stickers and lapel pins.

You’re bound to find some holiday gifts and stocking stuffers and it’s guaranteed you’ll find a close parking space. What’s not to like?

It’s Almost Here–Get Ready for Buy Union Week Nov. 26th-Dec. 5th

It’s Almost Here–Get Ready for Buy Union Week Nov. 26th-Dec. 5th

BU-wk2010The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union” week to encourage union members to look for union-made goods and services when they buy for the Holiday Season.

During difficult economic times it makes more sense than ever to focus the purchasing power of union families on the goods and services that those families create. Supporting union made products helps keep good jobs in the community.

Holiday shopping traditionally kicks off on “Black Friday”—designated as such because it’s the timeframe when many retailers move from red ink to black on their balance sheets. Shoppers will find plenty of “bargains,” but union family shoppers will want to look beyond foreign-made electronics, trendy toys and gadgets to find enduring goods that are union made, or perhaps gift card for union-productions, such as movies or sports events, or union made food stuff—there are still many union-made candies, baked goods, spirits and specialty items.

The AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department suggests you start your shopping list with a visit to: www.unionlabel.org, and click on Union Products. If you can’t find what you’re lookin for there, move on to the websites of individual unions that show up as links on that page.

Match up gift ideas to their union sources. Check out these websites for specific products from Union Label Affiliates:

Entertainment & Events: American Federation of Musicians (www.afm.org) • Candy, Baked Goods & Spirits: Bakery, Confectionery. Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (www.bctgm.org) • Mobile Phone Service, Appliances (IUE), Holiday Cards (PPMWS): Communications Workers of America (www.cwa-union.org) • Glassware: Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (www.gmpiu.org ) • Air, Rail Travel, Appliances:  International Association of Machinists (www.iamaw.org) • Movies, Live Stage Entertainment: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (www.iatse.org) • Appliances, Lighting: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (www.ibew.org) • Automobiles, Automotive Products, Games and Toys: United Autoworkers (www.uaw.org) • Kitchenware, Sporting Goods, Paper Products (Gift Wrap): USW (www.usw.org).

Sinclair Broadcasting Added To AFL-CIO Boycott List

PRESS RELEASE : from The Union Label & Service Trades Department (AFL-CIO)
815 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Richard Kline, President (202) 508-3700

Contact: Jim Spellane (IBEW) (202) 728-6014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sinclair Broadcasting has been added to the AFL-CIO boycott list at the request of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Sinclair owns or operates 56 television stations in 31 markets.

The action follows a breakdown in contract negotiations for a successor agreement between Sinclair and IBEW Local 1837 starting last February when the company imposed terms on 40 employees at Portland, Maine Station WGME. The IBEW filed a series of unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board after the company imposed pay cuts of up to 10 percent on certain station workers. Sinclair admitted at the bargaining table that the cuts were not prompted by any financial crisis but simply because the company believes the workers are overpaid.

IBEW represents technicians, news and assignment editors, photographers, engineers, producers and directors at the station. AFTRA represents on-air personnel.

In addition to curtailing pay, Sinclair is insistent on “flexibility” in work assignments—including the right to assign bargaining unit work to non-bargaining unit personnel, “discretion” in raises and changes in employee benefits. Approximately 100 of Sinclair’s 2,400 employees are represented by a union. IBEW also represents Sinclair units in Cedar Rapids, St. Louis and Springfield, IL. Additionally, station WGME has a unit of AFTRA employees and NABET represents workers at WUHF in Rochester, NY.

In the spring of 2010, the union received tremendous support from Democratic candidates in the Maine gubernatorial primary who—at the request of Local 1837 and the Maine AFL-CIO—unanimously agreed to withhold campaign advertising from the CBS-affiliated station, a decision that cost an estimated $500,000 in ad revenue. In response, Sinclair’s management directed the station’s General Manager Tom Humpage to air an editorial attacking the Democratic candidates for their decision.

Placement on the boycott list means that union members will be encouraged not to patronize any Sinclair stations either as viewers or advertisers. The full list of Sinclair-owned stations and their markets is listed below.

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