If the U.S. Postal Service is sold to private corporations, you won’t get your mail every day – maybe only every third day – and you will pay more for mail services.
The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union” week to encourage all union members to look for union-made goods and services when they buy for the Holiday Season.
When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.
Holiday shopping traditionally kicks off on “Black Friday” — designated as such because it’s the timeframe when many retailers move from red ink to black on their balance sheets. Shoppers will find plenty of “bargains,” but union family shoppers will want to look beyond foreign-made electronics, trendy toys and gadgets to find enduring goods that are union made, or perhaps gift cards for union-productions, such as movies or sporting events, or union made food stuff — there are still many union-made candies, baked goods, spirits and specialty items.
The two years since the 2016 presidential election have been tumultuous. As noted in previous issues of the Label Letter, and this one, too, Labor has been lambasted and working people and their families have been hurt by Trump administration policies. The 2018 midterm elections present an opportunity to redress the situation to some extent.
A number of candidates around the country have strong support from the Labor Movement based on their actual record and not demagogic posturing.
Randy Bryce in Wisconsin, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andy Levin in Michigan are just a few of those whose positions and records are pro-working people, pro-union nad pro-family. And there are more at every level of government from school boards to mayor to state legislatures. Look for them.
The recent victory in Missouri saw voters reject a right-to-work (for less) measure. The measure had been rammed through earlier by a right-wing governor and legislature. When working people and an informed general public learn what harm anti-labor policies cause, they vote to preserve their rights and hard-won advantages.
Labor leaders and activists at every level have the duty to inform voters about the candidates who are truly on their side. The AFL-CIO website is a strong resource for political information, facts not demagoguery!