CTU’s Shopping List

Purchasing items that are union-made and/or produced locally, in Michigan or the U.S.A. can be difficult. Difficult – but not impossible. Here’s a list of ideas and links.  We consider the list to be always “under construction” and want to include your ideas, so please send us updates (Cheryl@ctumsu.org).  We’ll keep the list active year round.

Union-made:

  • In this area, workers at both Meijer and Kroger are unionized.
  • Automobiles.  You can still buy the best automobiles and make sure they’re union made.  UAW has a list at https://uaw.org/uaw-made/cars/.
  • The I Buy American Store is an online portal that connects American consumers to American made products.
  • Wickers. Need some American made, union-made undergarments to keep you and your loved ones warm this winter? Check out Wickers.
  • See’s Candies. Founded in California, See’s Candies has been selling old-fashioned chocolate and sweets since 1921. Each box of See’s is hand-packaged by BCTGM or UFCW members at the company’s two manufacturing plants.
  • Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) provide a list of candy, baked goods and spirits produced by members of the union.
  • The Union Label website offers information about where, how and why to purchase union-made products. The site, produced by the Union Label and Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, allows you to search for union-made products and is also the home to the Label Letter.
  • American Made – Union Made Database from the “How Americans Can Buy American” database.
  • Visit the All American Clothing Company at http://www.allamericanclothing.com/ for clothing items made in the U.S. Search for “union” to narrow your search to those items made by union members.
  • Powell’s City of Books is a unionized bookstore with a huge on-line presence. When you shop through Powell’s union portal, 7.5% of every sale goes directly to support the workers of ILWU Local 5.

Shipping:

packages2When sending your packages, remember to send them UNION! Unionized package carriers are United Parcel Service (Teamsters) and the U.S. Postal Service (various).

Local:

Michigan:

  • Pure Michigan provides an online store and as well as way to find retailers of Michigan products by city. From custom-made goods to unbeatable bargains, this is where the shopping is always Pure Michigan.
  • We Buy Local Michigan. Reno’s Sportsbar created this page to celebrate products made in Michigan, and locally owned businesses dedicated to purchasing local! Please share your favorite Michigan Products and favorite locally owned businesses!
  • Michigan Made Products & Gifts makes it easy for you to “Buy Michigan” because all of the products are exclusively made in Michigan by cottage industries or small businesses.
  • In addition to those listed in other categories, here is a list of Michigan food products you can also buy on line:
    • Al Dente Pasta, Whitmore Lake: More than two dozen varieties of handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for their 3-minute cooking time. 9815 Main St.; 734-449-8522; www.aldentepasta.com
    • American Coney Island, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit (allow 2-4 days for delivery) comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili, and an American Coney Island paper hat.  586-219-0995; www.americanconeyisland.com
    • Durham’s Tracklements, Ann Arbor: Hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham.  212 E. Kingsley; 734-930-6642;www.tracklements.com
    • Mackinac Straits Fish, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes.  109 W. Elliot; 906-643-7535; www.msfishcompany.com
    • McClure’s Pickles, Detroit and Brooklyn, N.Y.: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes.  888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com
    • National Coney Island, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 1½-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. 586-771-7744 or www.nationalconeyisland.com
    • Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi; traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage.  9601 Jos. Campau; 313-871-8080; www.srodek.com
    • Achatz Handmade Pie Co., Chesterfield Township: Famous for  handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com
    • Tom’s Mom’s Cookies, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com
    • Pinconning Cheese, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars, about 20 cheese-spread flavors, smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and on-site baked goods. 221 N. Mable St.; 800-678-1962; www.pinconningcheese.com
    • Higher Grounds Trading, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world.  231-922-9009 or www.highergroundstrading.com

American:

  • The Alliance for American Manufacturing.  The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) was founded in 2007 by leading domestic manufacturers and the United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union, with a simple mission: strengthen American manufacturing through smart public policies. This link is not a shopping site, but instead gives people some ways to take action against the outsourcing of American manufacturing.

Other:

  • Costco cites its policies of recognizing the union and providing decent salaries and benefits as a major part of its success.  The closest warehouses to Lansing are in Grand Rapids to the west and Brighton to the south. Several warehouses are located in the Detroit area. You can also shop Costco online.

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