Posts Tagged ‘BCTGM’

Trick or treat: Union-made sweets

Good evening boys and ghouls, here’s a little tale about…candy! As you hand out the sugary sweets that put a smile on the faces of trick-or-treaters (and put your dentist’s kids through college), make sure that the candy you are treating them to is union made. Read more »


New Travel Channel series highlights products made in America

Every day we hear from corporate-backed pundits and politicians that the only way companies can compete is to ship jobs overseas and engage in bottom of the battle practices at home. Don’t believe the hype. The truth is that many of our most iconic brands are still made here in America, by employees who are treated with respect. From Corvettes to Louisville Sluggers, union-made products – products that support good-paying middle-class jobs – are all around us. Read more »


American Crystal Sugar harms company, local economies, with ill-conceived lockout

This August, American Crystal Sugar locked out over 1,300 workers in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. As worker Cindy Kolling explained in Ag Week, American Crystal’s actions have been motivated by a desire to break the employees’ union. To avoid providing workers with a fair deal, the company has risked this year’s harvest by bringing in unskilled replacement workers to perform the complicated tasks required to turn sugar beets into sugar. Read more »


American Capital isn’t so sweet towards workers’ rights

I love labor candy heartAmong the American Rights at Work staff, I am notorious for my sweet tooth. I can plow through a movie-sized box of Mike & Ikes in a matter of minutes. When someone brings cupcakes to the office, I’m the first in line with a napkin…even if it’s 8:30 in the morning. I actually need to budget how many 99 cent bags of CVS jelly beans I can buy per week.

But when I learned about the sticky situation at the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), the makers of tasty sweets such as Clark Bars and Valentine’s Day candy hearts, I lost my appetite. Read more »