Thursday, August 8, 2013

Buy union-made for your back-to-school needs

If you're filled with joy or sorrow at the approach of school, you probably need back-to-school gear. Here's a quick guide to the best quality (that is, union made) items for that return to the halls of academe.

At the start of a new year, it’s important to for students to look their best. OshKosh B’Gosh and Union Line All-USA Clothing show how stylish labor-friendly alternatives can be.

With kids getting ready to storm the halls, it’s important to send them off with a good union-made lunch. Orowheat bread is terrific for sandwiches -- and goes great with Jif peanut butter or Uncle John deli meat. For snacks, Slim Jims, Wheat Thins, Dannon or Yoplait yogurts and Frito-Lay chips are all great labor-friendly choices! Buy juice that displays the black UFW eagle – all of the major juice brands use some union workers. For dessert, any Hershey chocolate is guaranteed to add solidarity to the ranks.

For school supplies, try to buy from union stores. Safeway, Albertsons, Giant, Vons, Supervalu, and Costco are all union-friendly stores that pay their workers well. Roaring Springs also has union-made notebooks, art supplies, binders and other products.

And what would the back to school season be like without fun extras? For a good time, look for Hasbro toys and sports equipment from Spalding and Louisville Slugger. For the serious scholar, Unionbuilt PC makes custom laptops. All companies use unionized American labor to make their products.

Looking for more union made stuff? Check out Labor 411 or the UnionPlus Pinterest!