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Get Last Minute Made-in-the-USA Holiday Gifts!

made_in_usaAdapted from Union Plus article from Consumer Reports

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Green and red may be the predominant colors of the season, but a lot of shoppers have red, white, and blue on their minds when it comes to holiday shopping. While many industries have outsourced jobs and production overseas or south of the border, Consumer Reports tracked down goods of all stripes that continue to be made in America, a significant buying consideration for some shoppers. Given a choice between a product made in the U.S. and an identical one made abroad, 78 percent of consumers would prefer to buy the American product, according to a nationally representative survey by Consumer Reports National Research Center.

After decades of outsourcing, domestic production is becoming increasingly attractive to manufacturers in various sectors including technology, energy, appliances, even apparel.

If you’re among those who are motivated to buy American, here’s a list of widely known firms that make or assemble products here. But take note: Parts and materials may come from domestic as well as foreign sources. Also, not everything a company manufactures is necessarily American-made. Sometimes, it’s a particular line or two, or just a handful of products.

For instance, Red Wing Shoes of Red Wing, Minn., makes just two collections here, its Heritage and Handsewn footwear. Also, in the age of globalization, firms may have manufacturing facilities in multiple countries to meet international demand. Massachusetts-based Acushnet, maker of Titleist golf balls, has a plant in Thailand. How can you discern a product’s heritage? Inspect the packaging for country of origin information, which is required by law for goods produced abroad. You can also contact the manufacturer to ask which products are the real deal. Another good starting point to identify homegrown products: Check out sites such as madeinusa.org,americansworking.com, and madeinamericaforever.com.

Kitchen and housewares: All-Clad, Nordicware, and Lodge cookware; Lasko, known mostly for its fans; Dacor, Wolf, DCS, and Viking cooktops, ovens, and ranges; Sub Zero refrigerators; Maytag and Amana washers, dryers, refrigerators, and ranges; KitchenAid small appliances including stand mixers; Kirby and Oreck vacuum cleaners; Wahl shavers, trimmers, and grooming devices; Bunn-O-Matic coffee makers; Pyrex glassware; Tervis Tumblers (insulated acrylic cups and ice buckets); Lamson & Goodnow and Cutco cutlery; Vitamix blenders; Harden Furniture; Framburg lighting fixtures.

Apparel, footwear, and accessories: American Apparel; Woolrich (mostly blankets and throws); Texas Jeans; True Religion jeans (only core items such as the “Ricky” jeans); Wigwam socks; Allen Edmonds shoes; Kepner Scott childrens shoes; New Balance athletic shoes; Wolverine footwear; Pendleton woolens (notably its Portland Collection and the company’s wool blankets and throws); Stetson hats; Chippewa boots; Annin flags; Filson; LL Bean; Land’s End; Orvis; Brooks Brothers.

Tools and home care: Stihl power equipment including string trimmers, blowers, and chain saws; Purdy paint brushes and rollers; Channellock, Moody, and Stanley hand tools; Maglite flashlights; and Shop Vac wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners.

Miscellanous: Lenovo computers and tablets; McIntosh Labs high-end audio components; Grado Labs headphones; Gibson and Martin guitars; Steinway pianos; Crayola crayons; Wilson sporting goods (NFL footballs); Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bats); Tamrac camera bags; K’Nex, Little Tykes, and Tinkertoy toys.

A Message From the New UFCW International President

marc graphicTo the hard working men and women of the UFCW:

I am so incredibly honored to be your new International President. But this election is not about me, it is about the future we must and can build together.

The choice we face, brothers and sisters, is what kind of America do we want to live in?

Will we stand united together and build an economy that every hard-working family deserves, or watch as more North Americans fall further behind and struggle to make ends meet?

Let me be clear, we will unite and fight for a more just and fair North America.

I believe in this union, because I believe that every worker has the right to a decent living, a reliable schedule, quality affordable health care, and respect on the job. These principles have always guided me and will serve as the foundation of our union’s work going forward.

But the ideas and principles to build a stronger union do not lie within any one individual. They lie within all of us. They lie in the collective wisdom and strength of 1.3 million UFCW members, like you, who work hard every day to support their families.

I want to hear your ideas and vision. I want to hear what you think we must do to become even stronger.

Over the coming weeks and months, I plan to meet with members like you. I want to visit your worksite and local union hall, engage in a conversation, and hear your thoughts on how we can better the lives of everyone in the UFCW and the millions of workers all across this nation who go without voice.

Working together, we will grow our union, we will bargain the best contracts possible, we will organize smarter, and we will hold irresponsible corporations accountable.

I do not want to pretend this will be easy. It will be hard. It will be challenging. But I know we can do it.

No matter the challenges we may face, I will be your ally and champion each and every day.

In solidarity,

Marc Perrone

International President

 

Marc Perrone Elected President of 1.3 Million Member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Says by uniting together, we can give workers the opportunities they deserve

UFCWnewsCHICAGO, IL—Today, Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

As a proud leader and member of the UFCW, Perrone has long fought to organize more members, bargain the best contracts possible, and hold irresponsible corporations accountable. His values as a labor leader have been defined by the belief that every worker has the right to a decent living, a reliable schedule, quality affordable health care, and respect on the job.

“The choice we face today is whether we will stand together and build an economy that lifts up all families, or watch as even more workers fall further behind and struggle to make ends meet,” Perrone said. “Cynics may believe that these divisions and inequities are irreversible. I do not. We, as a union, do not. I strongly believe that by uniting together we can give workers across North America the opportunities they deserve.”

Beginning today, Perrone will spend the coming weeks and months meeting with UFCW members throughout the United States and Canada. As part of this listening tour, Perrone will have one on one conversations, visit worksites, and utilize digital and social media platforms to engage with union members and hear their thoughts and ideas on how the UFCW can grow even stronger.

“The ideas to build a stronger union do not lie within any one individual,” Perrone said. “They lie within all of us. They lie in the collective wisdom and strength of 1.3 million UFCW members who work hard every day to support their families. I want to hear their ideas. I want to hear their vision. I want to hear what we can all do to become an even greater and stronger union for the decades ahead.”

Perrone will be succeeding retiring International President Joe Hansen.

Hansen started as a meatcutter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1962 and used his experience as a rank and file union activist to help lift up UFCW members and all workers. Hansen was elected International President in 2004 and helped steer the UFCW through a Great Recession, the flood of corporate money into politics, the single greatest legislative attack on labor in history, and the rise of income inequality.

“Even in the face of unprecedented challenges, Joe Hansen never lost sight of our members,” Perrone said. “His commitment and dedication to the hard-working men and women we represent will never be forgotten.”

During his tenure, Hansen increased union density in meatpacking and processing, formed important global labor alliances, and helped lead the labor movement’s positions on comprehensive immigration reform.

* For Perrone’s biography, and the announcement of new UFCW officers, please see below:

Biography of International President Marc Perrone:

Marc Perrone joined the Retail Clerks—which later became the UFCW—in 1971 while working as a courtesy clerk at Weingarten’s food store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Since that time, he has held various positions within the UFCW, including Region 1-Eastern Director and National Director of Strategic Programs, Collective Bargaining and Organizing. For the last decade, he has served as International Secretary-Treasurer, keeping the UFCW on sound fiscal footing in a challenging climate.

New UFCW Officers Elected:

Under the UFCW International Constitution, the International Executive Board is charged with electing a replacement for a vacancy in the office of International President. The UFCW Executive Board consists of 50 International Vice Presidents, primarily local union leaders, and 5 Executive Committee members.

The UFCW International Executive Board also elected former Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill as International Secretary-Treasurer, Esther Lopez as Executive Vice President, and Stuart Appelbaum as Executive Vice President. Paul Meinema currently serves as Executive Vice President and National President of UFCW Canada. Executive Vice President Bill McDonough retired on October 31.

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.