For Those Who Celebrate, Some Tips for an American-made Easter and Passover

From the AAM

The Jewish holiday of Passover begins on the evening of March 30, while the Christian holiday of Easter will be celebrated on April 1. We previously shared ideas to help celebrants mark these special holidays, and thought it would be helpful to share some again.

Easter

Easter is a very traditional religious holiday in the Christian faith celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But it's also a holiday that includes a bit of fun — and much of that fun starts with Easter Eggs. 

Eco eggs are a great option for those who want to include treats in their eggs during Easter egg hunts. Not only are they Made in the USA, they also are eco-friendly, manufactured from 100 percent renewable content and are fully compostable. The eggs — made from non-toxic, durable, plant-based plastic — are available in two sizes and come in five assorted colors (pink, yellow, green, blue and purple). The company also manufactures eco grass to help fill out that Easter basket. Eco grass is made from 100 percent post recycled paper and is 100 percent recyclable after use, so you can easily dispose of it in your paper recycle bin. 

But if you are looking for a more formal egg, be sure to check out the selection offered by the White House Historical Association for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2018 White House Easter Egg collection is available now; you can buy a single egg or the entire set of five colors. And there's a new Maine company supplying the White House this year: Maine Wood Concepts, based in New Vineyard, is making the eggs for the big event, although they are keeping things hush-hush.

Looking to dye your eggs? Check out Doc Hinkle Easter Egg Dye. Unlike ordinary dyes that must be diluted, Doc Hinkle's paint-on kit helps egg decorators create "beautiful, bright colors and patterns instead of dull single-colored eggs." Colors included in the kit include red, blue, yellow and purple, which can be combined to create new hues.  

You are going to need a place to put all those eggs, and Peterboro Basket Co. and Charleston Sweetgrass offer a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. 

And don't forget about Easter candy! Jelly Belly jelly beans continue to be Made in America (the company also offers ready-made gift baskets, although it's unclear whether all of the items included are manufactured in the United States). Mike and Ike Easter Treats are also a solid pick, filled with flavors including grape, pineapple-banana, strawberry, lemon-lime and cherry. But get them before they're gone — the candy is available for a limited time. 

And have no fear! While the Washington Post might have canceled its annual Peeps contest, we are happy to report that Peeps continue to be manufactured by Just Born in the United States.

Passover

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It begins by the removal of leavened food products (called chametz), which includes anything with wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives — so bread, pasta, cookies and most alcohol is out. Instead, celebrants eat matzah, an unleavened bread.

Passover is highlighted by the Seder meals, which take place on the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder includes four cups of wine, and celebrants dine on matzah and bitter herbs while retelling the story of the Exodus. Since the Seder is the most festive part of Passover, we'll focus on recommended wine (and grape juice) and other items for the meal. 

Of course, there are a slew of American-made wine options out there. The AFL-CIO recommends brands like Arbor Mist, C.K. Mondavi, Chateau Ste. Michelle, E&J Gallo and Turning Leaf, which are union-made and can likely be found at your local store. As for grape juice, Manischewitz and Welch's have teamed up to offer 100% Concord Grape Juice, which includes no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or sugar. It's also sulfite free.

Manischewitz also continues to be a good option for finding processed kosher food products perfect for the Seder. The company also claims to be the No. 1 maker of matzo in the world.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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