Monday, December 24, 2012

10 last-minute union-made gift ideas

For all you desperate last-minute shoppers out there, here are 10 ideas for gifts that are made by union members. Thanks to American Rights at WorkLabor 411 and the AFL-CIO for the suggestions:
  1. Tickets to an NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL, or MLS game. Pro athletes in these leagues rely on collective bargaining.
  2. A bottle of champagne. UFCW members make Totts, J. Roget, Jacques Reynard, JFJ, Le Domaine, Wycliff, Andre Cook's, Great Western and Eden Roc champagnes.
  3. Hershey's kisses make a great stocking stuffer -- and they're made by Chocolate Workers Local 464 in Hershey, Pa.
  4. Top-Flite golf balls are made by the Boilermakers.
  5. Costco gift card. The Teamsters represent many Costco workers. Founder Jim Sinegal allows unions and treats his employees well. 
  6. OshKosh B'gosh very cute clothes for kids, made by UFCW.
  7. For that gardener in the family, how about gardening tools from Sears, Agway or Razorback? They're made by the Boilermakers. 
  8. Lander bath products sold in stores throughout the country. They're made by UFCW.
  9. A Kitchen-Aid mixer, another fine product made by the Boilermakers. 
  10. Cutco knives, kitchen or sporting. They're made by the United Steelworkers. 
But before you go, take the union pledge to buy union-made-in-the-USA whenever possible.