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Happy July 4! Let’s Keep It Made in America

UFCW members Tanya Mounts and Jackie Darr add the grommets to a large American flag at Annin’s Coshocton, Ohio, plant.

In honor of America’s birthday, July 4, for the past week we have been highlighting a wide range of union-made-in-America products and services. In case you are online this Independence Day, between parades, barbecues and fireworks, here’s a recap of our featured made-in-America products, from beer to tires to vacations and more.

Don’t forget to check out the vintage commercials in the posts.

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Made in America: Pet Treats and Products

Want to give your dog a bone? Give Fido one made in America by union workers who make Milk-Bone. Members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 36G and Machinists (IAM) Local 330 in Buffalo, N.Y., produce a variety of sizes, flavors and biscuits, including Flavor Snacks, Healthy Favorites, Soft and Chewy Dog Snacks and other assorted Milk-Bone-branded dog treats.

 

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7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

It’s been two and a half years since Walmart announced its so-called “U.S. manufacturing initiative,” which means it’s time for another PR-heavy, Walmart manufacturing “summit,” this one in Bentonville, Ark., on July 7 and 8. Undoubtedly, Walmart will use the summit to deliver feel-good talking points to the media, so this seems like a good time to review some facts about Walmart’s impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, past, present and future. Here are seven things we hope you’ll keep in mind when reporting on Walmart and American manufacturing (after the jump).

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What’s Going on with Overtime? Glad you Asked.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor proposed an update to outdated overtime rules that could benefit millions of hard-working Americans. You may have a lot of questions about what the proposal is and how it might affect you and your family. Here are the answers to those questions (after the jump). 

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223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment dipped to 5.3% from May's 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). April and May job creation numbers were revised down by 60,000.

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Take a Made-in-America Vacation

What could be more “Made in America” than a good old USA summer vacation that’s union made, too? Here are some tips from Union Plus.

 

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Race and the Labor Movement Town Hall Draws More Than 300 Attendees

AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department Program Coordinator Tiffany Dena Loftin

On Monday, the AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department and the NAACP DC Branch hosted the first Race and the Labor Movement Town Hall. In light of the recent racial injustices in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and most recently the brutal racially motivated killings in Charleston, S.C., the town hall provided a space for an open conversation on race and the role it plays in the lives of millions of workers across the country. 

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The U.S. Must Address Mexico’s Labor Abuses in the TPP

workers at railcar factory in northern Mexico protesting against a protection union that negotiates against their interests

The United States government has taken a bold and positive step by publicly calling out Mexico’s dismal record of labor rights violations in international forums.

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How to Find Union-Made Tires

How to Find Union-Made Tires

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it very easy to find union-made tires by requiring that each tire carry a code that shows the company and the location of the plant that manufactured the tire. DOT requires that each tire sold in the United States carry a code that looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX. The two letters or numbers that follow the DOT identify a particular factory as listed below.

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Have You Met Dawn? The Reason We Need New Overtime Rules

Let me introduce you to Dawn. Dawn’s employer, Dollar General, hasn’t paid her a living wage for the hours she has worked because an outdated rule about who is eligible for overtime pay said they didn’t have to. And Dawn’s not alone. An estimated 15 million workers should be getting overtime, but aren’t.

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