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Union-Made Shopping Essentials For St. Patrick’s Day

What’s better than finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day? Having a full list of union-made brews right at your fingertips, of course!

Americans will spend $250 million on beer alone on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you favor a night out with friends or a quiet meal at home, you have plenty of union-made brews and foods to choose from.

More than 250 beers are union-made, including Killian’s, Shock Top, Bass and Budweiser. For a St. Patrick’s Day meal, you can’t go wrong with Saag’s corned beef (produced by UFCW members) and cabbage from your local Giant Food, Safeway, Kroger, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, or Bestway supermarket.

For a full list of union-made St. Patrick’s Day essentials, our friends at Labor 411 put together a complete guide to make shopping a breeze. Cheers!

Shop Union for St. Patrick’s Day

Corned Beef
Saag’s
Thumann’s
Winter’s Premium Deli

Potatoes and Cabbage
Dole Fresh Potatoes

Green Food Coloring
Betty Crocker

Beer
Bass
Beck’s
Blue Moon
Budweiser
Busch
Butte Creek
Coors
Dundee
Duquesne
Genesee
Goose Island
Hamm’s
Henry Weinhard’s
Iron City
Jamaica Red Ale
Keystone
Killian’s
Land Shark Lager
Lionhead
Mad River
Mendocino Brewing
Michelob
Mickey’s
Miller Genuine Draft
Milwaukee’s Best
Natural Ice
O’Doul’s (non alcoholic)
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Red Stripe
Red Tail Ale
Rolling Rock
Sam Adams
Schlitz
Shock Top
Steelhead
Third Shift

For a complete list, visit Labor411.org

Stay in a Fair Hotel This Holiday Season and Support Working Families

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The holiday season is one of the most travel-intense parts of the year, and many people will be visiting and sharing valuable time with loved ones. Your ability to travel and participate in these holiday traditions is, in many ways, a product of the hard work of people who have their own families and holiday traditions to try to enjoy. With our decisions each year, we can go a long way toward not only helping ourselves, but helping those around us, too. One key way to do this is to make sure that when you spend your money, it goes to responsible companies that do the right thing on behalf of their workers.

Lucky for holiday travelers, UNITE HERE has done the work to make sure you know which hotels are a good way to spend your money in support of working families. Their Fair Hotel Program is an easy way to make a real difference in the lives of the working people who make beds, prepare meals, clean rooms and do the other things that make your hotel experience a good one. When you use the Fair Hotel Program, not only do you make sure that working people can support their families, you help show that hotels that do the right thing can be prosperous hotels.

There are fair hotels in cities throughout the United States and Canada, across brands and price ranges. You can find a Fair Hotel online, with its iPhone app (search “FairHotel”) or with its Android app (search “FairHotel”).

Originally posted by Kenneth Quinnell at AFL-CIO

Shop Union for the Holidays

A seven-year Local 400 member, Tsiegereda Yimer works in Shiseido Cosmetics at Macy’s in Bethesda, Md. She suggests that holiday shoppers consider gift sets or the wide array of skin treatments and make-up that she sells. Members should patronize union stores because, “When we have a union, we have confidence,” she said. “The union supports our concerns and our rights. We have someone to listen to us.”

A Local 400 member for many years, Tsiegereda Yimer works in Shiseido Cosmetics at Macy’s in Bethesda, Md. She suggests that holiday shoppers consider gift sets or the wide array of skin treatments and make-up that she sells. Members should patronize union stores because, “When we have a union, we have confidence,” she said. “The union supports our concerns and our rights. We have someone to listen to us.”

The holiday season is a time for giving. But each purchase you make can generate twice the gift when you shop at stores employing our Local 400 brothers and sisters.

First, of course, the gift will go to a loved one or friend. Second, the gift will support our fellow members and strengthen our union. Because the more members who buy union, the more our employers grow and the more likely they are to hire more workers, expand hours, and agree to contracts improving your wages and benefits.

“Shopping union is simply the right thing to do, during the holidays and throughout the year,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “It’s good for your bottom line, because it enables you to buy quality products at affordable prices while receiving the best service anywhere in the world. But it’s also good for our collective bottom lines. After all, the more business union retailers receive, the stronger our union will be and the better collective bargaining agreements we’ll be able to negotiate.

“Equally important, the more union employers expand, the more the middle class will start growing again and the more our economic standing will rise,” Federici said. “It’s the ultimate win-win solution.”

Local 400 members work at many stores capable of fulfilling your holiday needs with outstanding service at affordable prices, giving you the full range of gift options. Our retail employers include:

For holiday gifts of every kind:

Macy’s Department Stores in Washington, D.C. (Metro Center), Bethesda (Montgomery Mall), Bowie (Bowie Town Center), Gaithersburg (Lakeforest Mall), Hyattsville (The Mall at Prince Georges), Marlow Heights (Marlow Heights Shopping Center), Waldorf (Charles Towne Center) and Wheaton, Md (Westfield Wheaton)

Bloomingdale’s Department Store in Chevy Chase, Md.

For high-quality, name-brand clothing and other gift items:

Brooks Brothers in Washington, D.C.

For holiday food—whether it’s catered parties, pre-prepared dishes or ingredients for home-cooked feasts:

Giant in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Kroger in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Safeway in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Shoppers Food & Pharmacy in Maryland and Virginia

Bestway Supermercado in Falls Church, Va.

Bestway Super Mundo Latino in Silver Spring Md.

Bethesda Co-op in Bethesda, Md.

When at the supermarket, look for Tyson’s Chicken and Boar’s Head meat products. In addition, you can order your groceries online at Peapod.com and have them delivered right to your home.

Where you spend your money matters. By shopping at any of these stores, you’ll be getting great value for your dollar while also lifting up your fellow Local 400 members.