Buy Union Week and Labor Day

Labor Day did not begin with a picnic. It began with a march demonstrating the power of organized labor. Now Labor Day marks the end of summer for many Americans and, unfortunately, not much more. Too few of us, far too few, understand what Labor Day truly symbolizes – the power of the organized workers who used their collective voices to secure an eight-hour day, a 40-hour work week, a fair wage, and a path to the middle class. Despite these facts, the moneyed elite – the ones who crashed our economy – have distracted the public conversation away from the achievements of the labor movement, demonizing the union worker for having the gall to ask for a fair wage, decent benefits and retirement security. All Americans deserve these benchmarks, but the moneyed elite would have us believe that economic equality would be the downfall of capitalism. How can the labor movement steer the conversation back to the one we should be having? One thing we must do is to remind our nation that the prosperity of the middle class, indeed the existence of a middle class, is tied to a strong labor movement. Organized labor establishes wages and benefits that set a standard observed even by unorganized companies. The labor movement forcefully demanded the economic stimulus that prevented our recent recession from becoming a depression. Furthermore, we must renew efforts to increase the minimum wage, which is a national disgrace at $7.25 an hour. We must take stances that identify ourselves with the 99 percent of Americans who need protections from rapacious banks, outsourcing corporations and corporates raiders,...

Taylor Desk is now A.J. Paull Office LLC–Still Union Made

The Union Label Department is happy to report that the former Taylor Desk Co, is now A.J. Paull Office. The company has maintained the union workforce and began production earlier this month in the existing facility. See the AJ Paull press release below: Contact: Alan Jay Paull, President 310-632-1030 On behalf of myself and the former employees of The Taylor Desk Co, I am proud to announce A.J. Paull Office LLC has opened its doors and is manufacturing all of The Taylor Desk Company’s product lines. I am Alan Jay Paull. In 1986 Taylor Chair acquired my family’s business, Eastern Cabinet and Furniture Co/Paull Contract, founded by my grandfather in 1923, which I joined in 1972. Following the acquisition I served as president of Taylor Desk and was responsible for the design and engineering of all casegoods series. Two years ago I redirected my focus and became a consultant to The Taylor Companies. When The Taylor Companies ceased operations on June 8, 2012, I took the opportunity to buy back the company my grandfather had started. On August 1, 2012 PAULL OFFICE began production in the existing 50,000 sq.ft. facility utilizing the same machinery and production methods but more importantly, we have the same skilled and experienced work force. Our affiliation with the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 721, continues in good standing. All of which makes PAULL OFFICE an 89-year-old startup company. I invite you to contact us directly for Sales Representation and product information. We are committed to producing high quality wood office furniture, made in America as we have done for the past 89 years....

Oakland to SF Bridge Made In China, To Open Labor Day 2013

On Labor Day 2013, dignitaries will cut the ribbon on a new $12 billion bridge linking San Francisco and Oakland. It will be a bittersweet ceremony marking the end of a project that employed hundreds of union construction workers under the terms of a Project Labor Agreement. But, the steel assembly for the 52-story building in the center of the bridge and all the decking is a made-in-China product, floated across the Pacific on a barge for U.S. workers to piece together. All the steel on the bridge is Chinese. “What happened here is a shame,” declared Dick Zampa, a retired Iron Worker and former Secretary-Treasurer of the California Building Trades. Zampa says the Building Trades had lobbied as far back as the 1980s with then California Gov. Gray Davis to secure a made-in-the-USA requirement for bridge construction. When George H.W. Bush was elected in 1988, all that was swept aside. Initially damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, California lawmaker authorized work to begin on the bridge in 1996. At the behest of then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state bypassed the federal Buy American requirement and contracted with the Chinese who formed a partnership with American Bridge and the Fluor Company. The rationale for going to the Chinese, according to congressional testimony by American Bridge CEO Robert Luffy, was that there is no one U.S. steel company capable of producing a sufficient quantity for the project. There were, however, several U.S. companies willing to form a consortium to meet the challenge. Luffy told a congressional hearing in 2007 that the decision to select the Chinese bid was because...

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