Most of us still have some holiday shopping to do and here are a few suggestions that can keep you out of the lines at the malls and big-box stores and warm the heart of any good trade unionist or progressive on your list.
David Prosten reminds us that Union Communication Services (UCS), the labor movement’s all-union, 100 percent labor books bookstore, is a good place to find the gift of solidarity. They have a sleigh full of great stocking-stuffers for the labor activist in your life, union hall or workplace.
Click here to see a special selection of books and other goodies from the UCS catalog. Some of the best of the best are featured here, including two brand-new, just-added titles—Working Words, a collection of prose and poetry from Bob Dylan to Eminem to Amiri Baraka, and Rebel Voices, the IWW anthology.
Also at UCS, check out the recently published children’s book Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song. It tells the story of the song, written in 1931, that has become an anthem for people fighting for their rights all over the world, through the eyes of song author’s Florence Reece’s 11-year-old daughter. The song was written as the Reece family huddled under the bed as bullets from coal company thugs tore through their Kentucky home.
Your holiday gifts can fight human trafficking and modern-day slavery when you shop at the Not for Sale Store. The group Not for Sale (NFS) is a leading voice in the fight against global exploitation.
The store showcases products made by NFS and its partners, who employ survivors of human trafficking and those vulnerable to exploitation. Through the marketing and sale of ethically made products, the Not For Sale Store serves a dual purpose: The store provides sustainable opportunities for survivors to have dignified work while demonstrating the viability of alternative supply chains that value people over profit.
It has an amazing selection of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, gift cards and more, including apparel from the ultra-hip AllSaints line that earlier this year entered a partnership with NFS.
Don’t forget with the AFL-CIO Online Store—Union MadeTM where you’ll find union/worker-themed T-shirts (including my favorite above), sweatshirts, caps, buttons, bumper stickers and more.
You can find union-made products at AFL-CIO’s Union Label and Service Trades Department (UL&STD). Just click on the yellow “Search for Union Products” box on the right side of the UL&STD home page here.
You also can click on the unions below to visit their online gift shops:
AFSCME, AFT, Postal Workers (APWU), Railroad Signalmen (BRS), Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP), Ironworkers, Fire Fighters (IAFF), Machinists (IAM), Electrical Workers (IBEW), Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), Letter Carriers (NALC), National Nurses United (NNU), Plasterers and Cement Masons (OPCMIA), Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), Seafarers (SIU), Transport Workers (TWU), TCU/IAM, UNITEHERE!, Mine Workers (UMWA), United Steelworkers (USW), United Transportation Union (UTU), Utility Workers (UWUA).
Visit the Labor Heritage Foundation’s online gift shop here and Union Boot Pro here. Other shopping links include: Union Made Goods, Justice Clothing and Union-Made Clothing Discounts from Union Plus.