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Anchor brewery workers unionize

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

There are plenty of reasons the professional-managerial class should be interested in unions—it’s always been the plan that the bosses will come for you guys next, after they crush the working class—but over the past decade or so it’s struck me that culture is one of the things creating the gap between highly educated professional workers and unions. And I don’t mean culture in the hackneyed sense of “union workers drink six-packs and professionals drink fine wines.” I mean that the products made by union workers are all too often themselves seen as inferior—mass-produced, not interesting, not cool.

There are lots of great union-made products out there, but because of the patterns of unionization in recent U.S. history, it tends to be the case that the newer a product is, the less likely it is to be made by union workers. Budweiser yes, craft beer no.

Which is why it feels really significant that to see Anchor brewery workers unionize this week, with a 31 to 16 vote, and with workers at the affiliated Anchor Public Taps still to vote separately. Worker pay at Anchor not only hasn’t kept up with inflation, but was cut at one point, among other cuts including to health care, paid lunch breaks, sick leave, and 401Ks.

Don’t get me wrong. There are lots of great ways to get your union-made drink on, and you can pair that with Boar’s Head, the best of all the deli meats. Want your sandwich grilled? Do it in an All-Clad pan and serve it up on some retro-cook Fiestaware. But nonetheless, it is good to see unions making headway in the craft beer world, and may other bastions of semi-hipness follow.

This blog was originally published at Daily Kos on March 16, 2019. Reprinted with permission. 

About the Author: Laura Clawson is labor editor at Daily Kos.

How to Find Union-Made Tires

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Kenneth-Quinnell_smallThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it very easy to find union-made tires by requiring that each tire carry a code that shows the company and the location of the plant that manufactured the tire. DOT requires that each tire sold in the United States carry a code that looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX. The two letters or numbers that follow the DOT identify a particular factory as listed below:

  • BE: B.F. Goodrich, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • BF: B.F. Goodrich, Woodburn, Ind.
  • VE, YE, YU, 8B: Bridgestone/Firestone, Des Moines, Iowa
  • D2, E3, W1, Y7: Bridgestone/Firestone, La Vergne, Tenn.
  • 2C, 4D, 5D: Bridgestone/Firestone, Morrison, Tenn.
  • UP: Cooper, Findlay, Ohio
  • UT: Cooper, Texarkana, Ark.
  • JU, PC, UK: Goodyear, Medicine Hat, Alberta
  • JJ, MD, PU: Goodyear, Gadsden, Ala.
  • DA: Dunlop, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • JN, MJ, PY: Goodyear, Topeka, Kan.
  • JE, MC, PT: Goodyear, Danville, Va.
  • JF, MM, PJ: Kelly-Springfield, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • CF: Titan Tire, Des Moines
  • JH, MN, PK: Titan Tire, Freeport, Ill.
  • B plus serial #: Titan Tire, Bryan, Ohio
  • CC: Yokohama Tire, Salem, Va.

All tires made at the above locations are made by members of the United Steelworkers (USW). Make sure you use this easy-to-follow guide to buy union-made tires.

Want more union made products? Text MADE to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply).

This article was originally printed on AFL-CIO on March 9, 2014.  Reprinted with permission.

About the Author: Kenneth Quinnell is a long-time blogger, campaign staffer and political activist whose writings have appeared on AFL-CIO, Daily Kos, Alternet, the Guardian Online, Media Matters for America, Think Progress, Campaign for America’s Future and elsewhere.

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