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This Memorial Day, Honor the Troops and Choose Union-Made!

1 year ago
Charlie Sprang

From the PA AFL-CIO

It’s Memorial Day Weekend!  It’s time to honor our troops and celebrate the unofficial start of Summer.  Obviously, choosing to support good, union jobs by purchasing American-made products is a great way to show your patriotism.  We always encourage working people to stand in solidarity, whether it’s in the check-out line at the grocery store or in the outdoor section of the hardware store. This is also a great time to support our veterans, and a great way to do that isthrough Helmets to Hardhats.

Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.  H2H is administered by the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE), a joint labor-management committee created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and several national construction industry employer associations. CMRAVE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Contributions to CMRAVE are tax deductible.

Career opportunities offered by Helmets to Hardhats are connected to federally-approved apprenticeship training programs, many with our building and construction trades unions. Such training is provided by the trade organizations themselves at no cost to the veteran. No prior experience is needed; in fact, most successful placements start with virtually no experience in their chosen field. All participating trade organizations conduct three to five year earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship training programs that teach service members everything they need to know to become a construction industry professional with a specialization in a particular craft. And, because these apprenticeship programs are regulated and approved at both federal and state levels, veterans can utilize their Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits to supplement their income while they are learning valuable skills and on-the-job training.

You can donate to Helmets to Hardhats here.

Fire Up a Union-Made Grill

Weber (made by International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers)

Thermador (IBB-made)

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!
Bain de Soleil

Union-made Food for Grilling 

Butterball burgers and franks

Johnsonville brats and sausage

Wenzel’s sausage

Smithfield sausage

Oscar Meyer hot dogs

Boars Head hot dogs

Ball Park Franks

Hebrew National franks

Foster Farms fresh chicken

Hormel Red Franks

Nathan’s Ball Park hot dogs

Union-made Fun in a Bun

Wonder brand

Ball Park buns

Alfred Nickles Bakery




Union-made Fixin’s

Heinz Ketchup

Open Pit


Gulden’s Mustard

Frank’s Red Hot

Vlasic brand pickles

Horizon Cheese

Kraft Cheese

Mission salsa & dip

Burnham & Morrill Baked Beans

Union-made Snacks on the Side





Rold Gold

Chex Mixes

Sara Lee snacks

Planter’s Peanuts

Utz Pretzels

Mission chips

Entenman’s snacks 

Alcoholic Beverages

Union-Made beers

Bacardi rum

Gallo Estates wine

Corbett Canyon wine

Almaden wine


Welch’s Juices

Minute Maid

Hawaiian Punch




Mountain Dew

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi

Coke, Diet Coke


Breyers ice cream

Good Humor ice cream

Prairie Farms ice cream



Solo cups, bowls, and plates

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