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Do you shop union?


Don't know what products are union-made?

Check out union-made, "Made in America" products from the resources below.

Examples compiled by Michael Messina at Beyond the Barbeque: 7 Fourth of July Must Haves include:

1. Coolers: It’s hot. Anyone want a lukewarm beer or soda? Me neither.

Igloo, Rubbermaid

2. American Flags: It wouldn’t be a complete Independence Day without Old Glory waving in the breeze.

Artflag, Annin Flagmakers

Read more: Happy 4th of July!

We denounce the Koch Brothers


To be delivered to Charles and David Koch, Chairman and CEO, and Executive Vice President, respectively, of Koch Industries

We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth -- more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans -- to corrupt our democracy. You are thereby undermining the most precious gift we possess, our democratic system of government. You deserve to be shamed and condemned by all Americans. Read more: America's Koch Problem by Robert Reich

Robert Reich shows why at $15 minimum wage would help lift millions of people out of poverty and help grow the economy. Call your Senator today at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to support raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.


Low-pay-is-not-okMay 21, 2014

Adriana Alvarez has worked at McDonald's for 4 years and makes just $9.15 an hour. She's fighting for $15 an hour for her 2 year-old boy at home.

And she was just arrested outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters, where hundreds of workers, and thousands of supporters, are protesting for $15 an hour and the right to form a union before their annual shareholder meeting.

She needs your help. Call McDonald's and tell them you stand with Adriana and the other workers right now: 1-855-572-9499.

Adriana wasn't alone, though. Many of her fellow McDonald's employees were arrested for their brave act of civil disobedience, too. Each of them was standing up for themselves, the families their wages support, and pretty much every fast food worker everywhere.

Please show your support for these unbelievably courageous workers by calling McDonald's right now: 1-855-572-9499.

Tell them that you support these workers. Tell them that it's shameful that workers have to be arrested in order to be heard. Tell them that it's time for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without intimidation.

Just to be extra clear: we already have risked a lot by going on strike last week in the biggest fast food action in world history. And it's even scarier to go straight to the source and speak up for what we believe in. But Adriana and so many other courageous workers are doing it. Amazing.

Your turn. Pick up the phone and call McDonald's: 1-855-572-9499.

Read more: Happening NOW: Workers arrested at McDonald's HQ

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 Support Striking Fast Food Workers across the World!


From New Zealand, to the Netherlands, Malawi, Japan and more, the fast food global day of action is off to an incredible start.

Read more: Fast Food Global Strike - Today!

MacDonaldsMay 15, Save the Date!

Thousands of fast food workers will go on strike in 150 cities on May 15, according to Salon’s Josh Eidelson.

That will include some cities that haven’t been home to fast food strikes before, such as Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, and Sacramento. Organizers also expect hundreds of workers to go on strike in some cities like Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York City. The strikes will be the largest in the industry yet after they hit 100 cities in December and 50 in August last year.

Read more at Think Progress.




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