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How Much Do You Know About the Minimum Wage, Really?

How Much Do You Know About the Minimum Wage, Really?

This Labor Day, test your minimum wage knowledge, courtesy of Union Plus (check out the quiz after the jump). 

How would raising the federal minimum wage affect you or someone you know? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246 and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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Learn Your Way to Earning Your Way: Free Student Debt Webinar for Union Families from Union Plus

Learn Your Way to Earning Your Way: Free Student Debt Webinar for Union Families from Union Plus

College is all about options: Economics or art history? Debate club or newspaper? Pepperoni or extra cheese? But after graduation, with average student debt nearing almost $30,000, your financial options as a college grad may be limited. For students in a difficult job market, paychecks strangled by loan payments restrict plans for financial independence, car purchases, and home ownership.

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Union Plus Pet Insurance Gives Union Member Peace of Mind, and a Healthy Kitty

Union Plus Pet Insurance Gives Union Member Peace of Mind, and a Healthy Kitty

When Erin Radford’s husband, Johnny Bailey, saw a news story on television about pet insurance, his ears perked up. Soon, their cat, Boogey, perked up, as well.

“The story talked about people with pets that got illnesses, and the family couldn’t come up with the money for the operation,” Radford said. “So, the family had to figure out how to pay for it or have the pet put to sleep. My husband sort of freaked out and said, ‘We have to get pet insurance.’”

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Celebrate Mother's Day with 25% Off from Union Plus and Teleflora

Celebrate Mother's Day with 25% Off from Union Plus and Teleflora

With only a few days left until Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11), it's time to move on picking out a gift for mom.

Union members can pick the perfect way to appreciate mom with more than 60 flower arrangements and a 25% discount with Union Plus and Teleflora. All of the Mother's Day bouquets are hand-arranged and hand-delivered by a local florist.

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Unions and Education: Keys to the American Dream

Electra Nassis of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

For centuries, people move to make a better life for themselves and their families. This is illustrated in the experience of immigrants who uproot their lives and move to the United States to achieve the American Dream. 

Recipients of Union Plus scholarships this year have expressed how union benefits offer their families greater security, more dignity and respect in the workplace, better wages and more protection for workers, including rules that prohibit discrimination on the basis of national origin.

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Union-Made Mother's Day Recipes

Union-Made Mother's Day recipes from Union Plus.

Union Plus sends us these union-made Mother's Day recipes

Remember how mom used to make your food special? Whether it’s her famous smiley face pancakes with extra chocolate chips, her finest PB&J’s cut into diagonals with crust removed just the way you like, or your favorite birthday cake she baked every year, nobody can do it quite like mom.

If one thing is true on Mother’s Day, it’s your turn to do the cooking. Why not surprise her with one of these recipes that are union-made and delicious?

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Union Plus LaborCorps Education Grants

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With student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion, Union Plus is now offering grants to assist young labor activists with the high cost of their student loans.

Young labor activists who work full-time for an eligible labor union or affiliated labor organization can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to help pay off their student loans.

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5 Fun Union-Made Desserts for the Holidays

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"5 Fun Union-Made Desserts for the Holidays" is a cross-post from Union Plus

No holiday tradition competes with the family meal. Between desserts decorated full of cheer and marvelous meats that melt in your mouth, ‘tis the season for a full stomach. Luckily for union members, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Farm Workers (UFW) have an amazing variety of ingredients such as Hershey’s chocolate and Montpelier Almonds to create the most delicious and view-licious recipes. Here are five fun holiday dessert recipes to help you be union, buy union and bake union.

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Avoid Post-Holiday Spender's Remorse

Union Plus: Avoid Post-Holiday Spender's Remorse

"Avoid Post-Holiday Spender's Remorse" is a cross-post from Union Plus

Opening gifts each December is a ton of fun. Opening the resulting bills in January is not. Yet every holiday season millions of consumers use their credit cards to finance gifts they don’t have the cash to pay for. Consider the following before you start shopping this holiday season.

There are only two legal ways out of debt – cutting expenses or increasing your income. Decide which works for you and commit to it before you start shopping.

Prioritize.  What’s more important?  Paying your mortgage and buying food or giving gifts you can’t afford?  Consider shortening your gift list or giving smaller gifts to adults.  In times like these, friends and family understand.

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