Ingredients for life: union-made and living well

Recently, American Rights at Work said goodbye to our wonderful communications assistant, Elizabeth Bukey. She is starting seminary school soon in New York!

We wanted to celebrate all the great work Elizabeth’s done for us by having a little shindig, but didn’t really know what to serve for food and drinks. The office has had way too many Curbside Cupcakes in the past few weeks, and the ridiculous heat outside wasn’t inspiring anyone to turn their ovens on.

So we went on a Top Chef-style mission: to have a party where we served only union-made foods and beverages. At first, we thought it would be really tough. After all, the economy is is bad shape, the number of organized workers in the United States is at a low point, and many food corporations out there are notorious for unionbusting practices.

But in the end it was ridiculously easy, and we came in under budget. The hardest part was getting an ice cream cake across town without it melting into ice cream soup.

There are a lot more unionized companies out there than you think! Next time you go grocery shopping, take a second to check out some food-related unions’ websites before you hit the shelves. It’s really easy to find union-friendly products!
If you need some inspiration, here’s what we decided to have at our party:

  • Franzia boxed wine (Yes! Really!)
  • Cook’s champagne Carvel ice cream cake
  • Cheetos
  • Mission Foods tortilla chips
  • Frito ruffled potato chips
  • Tostitos salsa
  • Frito French onion dip
  • Hershey kisses
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Hershey’s mixed bag of candy (dark chocolate, Mr. Goodbar, etc)

And here are some great websites where you can find union-friendly products, from cookies and chips to oatmeal and poultry.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Consumer Buying Guide
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union Product List

Try and throw a union-friendly party of your own.  It’s really easy!

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