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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

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.

Back-To-School Supply List

If your kids are lucky this fall they will have a union teacher to guide their studies, union members who provide custodial support and services, possibly a union principle and union bus drivers. When they pledge allegiance to the flag it probably  will be made by union workers at the Annin Flag Company. Click here for a great resource to make sure all your child’s back-to-school supplies are union-made, too! Solidarity!

Make Mom Proud by Giving Her a Union-Made Mother’s Day

You could also send her an e-card from the great people at http://strongfamiliesmovement.org

You could also send her an e-card from the great people at http://strongfamiliesmovement.org

Mother’s Day is when we give back to the women who gave us life. Why not also make it a day to give back to and support union workers who help keep our country going? It’s easy to pamper mom with union-made gifts, or make her a home-cooked, union-ingredient meal!  With help from resources like Labor 411 , the AFL-CIO, and Union Plus you can find everything you need- check out our guide below!

Click here for a variety of delicious dinner ideas that you can impress mom with–like Roasted Almond Crusted Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze, Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables, or Turkey Mignons with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze–all with union-made ingredients!

No time to cook? Fear not–you can cater to Mom’s sweet tooth with any of these union-made treats:

  • See’s Candies
  • Godiva
  • Ghirardelli (UFCW)
  • Almond Roca
  • Russell Stover

Or, if you’re looking to make Mom feel pretty (even though she’s already the most beautiful woman on earth), these union-made beauty products are perfect:

  • Avon (UFCW)
  • Caress skin care (UFCW)
  • Dove beauty care (UFCW)
  • Lander personal care (UFCW)
  • Revlon

If it’s jewelry she loves be sure to shop UFCW Local 400 Macy’s stores in D.C. and Maryland for your fine jewelry needs.

If mom likes a drink every now and then, don’t forget about the many union-made beers, wines, champagnes, and liquors available! Click here to see a complete list.

Union Savings for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is on the way!

Be sure to pick up flowers,  union-made wine, and chocolates to go with that made-with-love dinner, while supporting your brothers and sisters at Kroger, Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Giant, or Safeway.

Have a long distance love? Save 25% on flowers for that special someone with your Union Plus discount! Click here to explore the bouquet options. They even offer same day delivery!!!

Be sure to use this special UFCW link! 

If it’s jewelry she wants, be sure to visit Local 400 members at the jewelry counters of Macy’s in D.C. or Maryland!

Football Playoffs: Easy 7-Layer Dip

7layerdipUnionMadeEvery football party should require the greatness of a truly fantastic 7-layer dip. Labor 411 just happens to have a recipe that will please the masses. Keep ’em happy and serve up one of the best party platters ever invented. And, of course, it’s union made!

Layer in order in 12-inch square pan or casserole dish (adjust measurements to taste):

  • 1 can refried beans (Rosarita, Old El Paso)
  • 12 oz. guacamole (Purchase at a union shop: Local 400 recommends…Giant, Safeway, Shoppers, Kroger, Bestway)
  • 8 oz. sour cream (Alta Dena, Hiland, Horizon)
  • ½ can chopped black olives (Kroger)
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced (Eurofresh)
  • Layer grated cheddar cheese to cover (Alta Dena,
    Hiland, Horizon, President’s Choice)
  • Sprinkle with minced chives (Purchase at a union shop: Local 400 recommends…Giant, Safeway, Shoppers, Kroger, Bestway)

Chips: Lay’s, Fritos, Mission, Old El Paso, Ruffles, Sun

 

12 Days of Discounts, brought to you by UnionPlus and UFCW Local 400 [VIDEO]

Did you know that the 12 Days of Christmas is really between December 25-Jan 5?

We thought this would be a great opportunity to start to save you money in the New Year and offer a fun way to present UnionPlus discounts that are offered exclusively to union members!

Here’s our fun video we put together while attending the Kroger West Virginia Shop Steward Seminar in 2013!

On the twelfth day of Christmas
UP gave me to me:
Twelve tickets for flying   (Union Plus Travel Center)
Eleven new homes a’buying (Union Plus Mortgage)
Ten rental cars a’driving  (Union Plus Car Rental Discounts)
Nine textbooks a’learning (Union Plus College Education Resources)
Eight home oil rebates a’burning (Home Heating Oil Rebate)
Seven pet toys a’playing  (Union Plus Pet Services)
Six credit cards a’saving (Everyday Savings with Union Plus Credit Card)
Five golden iPhones rebates  (AT&T Smartphone Rebate)
Four haulin’ trucks  (Union Plus Home & Moving Discounts)
Three Disney tickets (Disney Discounts)
Two union-made cars  (Union-Made Cars Guide)
And a part of my phone service is free  (15% AT&T Discount)

Click the links above to visit UnionPlus.org!

Holiday Time is Union Time!

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Carolyn Nickens, Men’s Shoes Department, Bloomingdale’s; photo by Bill Burke

The holiday season is a time for giving. It’s also a time to support the causes closest to our hearts. By shopping union, you can do both at the same time.

Local 400 represents employees at a wide variety of retailers capable of fulfilling your holiday needs with the highest quality service and at affordable prices. By patronizing these stores, you will help strengthen our union and support your brothers and sisters.

It’s a simple principle that should apply all year long: union members should buy union whenever possible. Our union must grow to have the greatest positive impact on our members’ lives and on working families overall. For that to happen, our employers must grow, too. The more we shop from them, the better they do and the better our members do.

During the holiday season, this principle is more important than ever. Retailers need the business and our members need the income during these critical weeks to ensure a good year. The economy needs spending that supports middle-class, living wage jobs. When we all stick together and support one another, every one of us comes out ahead.

Local 400 members are encouraged to shop at these stores employing their fellow union members:

For holiday gifts of every kind:

  • Macy’s Department Stores in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda (Montgomery Mall), Bowie (Bowie Town Center), Gaithersburg (Lakeforest Mall), Hyattsville (Prince George’s Plaza), Laurel, Marlow Heights, Waldorf (Charles Towne Center) and Wheaton, Md.
  • Bloomingdale’s Department Store in Chevy Chase, Md.

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

  • Brooks Brothers in Washington,D.C.

GiantaspenhillFor holiday food — whether it’s catered parties, pre-prepared dishes oringredients 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, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • Bestway in Silver Spring, Md.
  • Bethesda Co-op in Bethesda, Md.
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photo by Bill Burke.

When at the supermarket, look for Tyson’s Chicken and Boar’s Head meat products. Local 400 represents workers at these company’s facilities. 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.

AFL-CIO also put together this union-made holiday list that includes a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).

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Start Back-to-School the Union Way!

Back-to-SchoolIf your kids are lucky this fall they will have a union teacher to guide their studies, union members who provide custodial support and services, possibly a union principal and union bus drivers. When they pledge allegiance to the flag it probably will be made by union workers at the Annin Flag Company. Click here for a great resource to make sure all your child’s back-to-school supplies are union-made, too! Solidarity!