Remember “Look for the union label”?

If you are as old as I am, you remember a jingle and a tv ad of women garment workers singing “Look for the union label”.


International Ladies Garment Workers Union anthem
Words by Paula Green
Music by Malcolm Dodds

Look for the union label
When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse.
Remember somewhere our union’s sewing
our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,
We work hard but who’s complaining.
Thanks to the I.L.G. we’re paying our way.
So, always look for the union label,
it says we’re able
to make it in the U.S.A.

My parents taught me, probably in great part because of their life experience with the great depression and Word War II, and the help of unions, that to be a good citizen we should support union workers in our country, buy from American businesses, and re-use and recycle what we have.

I recall a cartoon of Donald Duck reminding citizens that it is important to pay our fair share of taxes, especially in war time. The Spirit of ’43.

I don’t know exactly when people lost the connection between buying American made goods and the strength of America’s jobs and economy, but it seems that at least one generation, maybe two, have forgotten how important it is to support the workers in our own country.

This seems to be a revelation to some, as I noticed today an ABC news article on a pledge to buy “Made in America”.

“…if every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made goods, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in this country. “  from ABC series on Made In America.

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