Union Front: ’Tis the Season to Support American Workers
Buying Union-Made Can Bring Holiday Cheer and Good Jobs
The holiday season is a time to show your loved ones how much you care about them. For many, that includes giving them the perfect present. While selecting something that’s just right for your spouse, children, parents or other relatives and close friends can be a challenge, making sure your presents are made by workers who are treated fairly can add to the stress of making the right choice.
The possibilities cover a list of interests as varied as the people on your gift list. If you’re going big on the spending this year there’s always a new car to give to that special someone. Use the UAW’s 2017 Union-Built Vehicle Guide at uaw. org/uaw-made/cars/ to make sure the vehicle is made by UAW members or Unifor union members in Canada. The products they make also support the jobs of thousands of UAW members who manufacture auto parts.
When entertaining, make sure you buy UAW-made groceries such as beer made by Local 9 members in Wisconsin in Region 4, or UAW 2308 in Ohio in Region 2B who work at Miller
For the activist you want to remember, order a subscription to Mother Jones magazine, produced by UAW Local 2103 members in California in Region 5.
Holiday time is time for toys and union members have you covered. Members of the RWDSU/UFCW (Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union / United Food and Commercial Workers International Union) make these toy and game favorites great for children of all ages on your list: Barrel of Monkeys, Battleship, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Connect 4, Game of Life, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Monopoly, Mouse Trap, Operation, Pictionary, Risk, Scrabble, Sorry, Taboo, Twister and Yahtzee.
Don’t forget union-made beauty products as either gifts or stocking stuffers, too. UFCW members make Avon, Caress, Dove and Old Spice health and beauty products and UAW members make Revlon makeup.
Maybe it’s a good time to buy new clothes for that distinguishing man on your list. Pick up those new threads at Brooks Brothers for clothes made by UNITE HERE members. If a Timex watch is in someone’s future, buying one is a great way to support fellow union members at IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union).
Or how about sports equipment like golf clubs for the golf enthusiast on your gift buying list? Buy union-made MacGregor Golf clubs made by members of IBB members (International Brotherhood of Boilermakers).
These are just a few of the products made by UAW members and other union members. For complete lists of union-made products go to the UAW-made buying list at uaw.org/union-made or the AFL-CIO’s holiday gift buying guide at bit.ly/2gPpvEO. Buy union and enjoy the holiday season!