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Look for the Union Label for Your Labor Day BBQ

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As Labor Day approaches, families should look for the union label when buying items for their party or cookout.

Over many years, America's workers battled for the right to have a voice at work. Labor Day should be a celebration of the labor movement's accomplishments -- the weekend, an end to child labor, the eight-hour day, Medicare and safer workplaces, among them -- and a reminder that there are still workers struggling to improve life for their families, communities and society. Conscientious consumers can help strengthen the labor movement, lift workers out of poverty and expand the middle class by buying union-made products.

Fortunately, a union-sponsored website, Union Label, helps consumers identify union-made products.

Need a new grill for your cookout?

Both Weber and Thermador grills are made with union hands.

Need something to grill on your new union made Weber or Thermador? Look for:

  • 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
  • Farmer John hot dogs

How about a bun? Buy:

  • Wonder brand
  • Alfred Nickles Bakery
  • Stroehmann
  • Arnold
  • Francisco

Need toppings?

  • Heinz Ketchup
  • Open Pit
  • French's
  • Gulden's Mustard
  • Frank's Red Hot
  • Vlasic brand pickles

Something on the side?

  • Munchos
  • Funyuns
  • Rold Gold
  • Frito-Lay
  • Doritos
  • Chex Mixes

Something to wash it down with?

Adult beverages

  • Miller beer
  • Shock Top
  • Budweiser
  • Labatt's Blue
  • Mad River
  • Michelob

Non-Alcoholic beverages

  • Welch's juices
  • Minute Maid
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Mott's
  • V8
  • Sprite
  • Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi
  • Coke, Diet Coke

Happy Labor Day!

Peter Dreier teaches politics at Occidental College and is author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, published in July by Nation Books.