Friday, December 21, 2012

10 close-to-last-minute union-made gift ideas

Getting panicky yet? There's still time to buy or order union-made gifts. Here are 10 ideas, thanks to American Rights at WorkLabor 411 and the AFL-CIO:
  1. Omaha Steaks. Order gourmet meals from prepared UFCW-represented employees. 
  2. A Timex women's watch, made by IAM-AW members (order online here).
  3. The latest bestseller from Powell Books, ILWU represents employees at this, the largest independent online story in the country. 
  4. A set of Libbey beer glasses made by United Steelworkers members, along with some fine Anheuser-Busch products made by Teamsters.
  5. It's not too late to order flowers from the Jackson & Perkins online store, which sells flowers harvested by the United Farm Workers members.
  6. Snap-On 12 function multi-tool, made by UNITE HERE members.
  7. Scrabble, a Hasbro product. Hasbro provides good jobs to 350 members of RWDSU/UFCW Local 224 (check the box, though; not all Hasbro products are made in the USA).
  8. A Brown & Haley gift basket, made by members of BCTGM.
  9. MacGregor golf clubs made by the Boilermakers.
  10. A vacation on a union airline (Teamsters represent many airline workers) or on Amtrak (yup, Teamster represented). Drive an American UAW-made car from a Teamster-represented Hertz agency and stay at a union hotel
And for those toys and electronics that require batteries: Be sure to buy Rayovac batteries. They're made by Teamsters!