Friday, February 8, 2013

Your union-made Valentine's Day shopping list

Looking for a union-made Valentine card for your Union Maid?

Teamsters can support their brothers and sisters in the Graphic Communications Conference (GCC) by looking for cards they make with the "GCC" or "Allied Printing Trades" label. 

And more than 500 Teamsters make American Greetings cards in Kentucky. Teamsters have represented these workers for more than 25 years. The members of Local 89 make most American Greetings cards available, but a small percentage of them are made in China. If you see a card and it does not say “Made in China”, it was made by Teamsters.

If your sweetie has a sweet tooth, remember to buy union-made candy. The AFL-CIO offers a shopping list of union-made candy:
Why not give your valentine some union-made sweets this Feb. 14? It turns out, there are many union-made treats you can give out on Valentine's Day. The iconic Necco candy Sweethearts conversation hearts are made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM). 
The list includes:
  • Ghirardelli chocolates;
  • Godiva chocolates;
  • Hershey's Kisses;
  • Necco Sweethearts; 
  • Tootsie Rolls;
  • Russell Stover candy; and
  • York Peppermint Patties 
Look no further than the Labor 411's union business directory to find union-made spirits and candy. Most wine and liquor is made by UFCW, but Teamsters from Local 117 make Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington.

And we don't need to remind you: If you're sending flowers, be sure it's one of your brothers or sisters at UPS who delivers them!