Mother's Day: Celebrate Mom and Good Union Jobs

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Image by J. Howard Miller
Image by J. Howard Miller

Your mom worked hard to raise you, and if she's like most modern moms, she also worked hard at a job to help feed you and keep a roof over your head.

Honor her and her hard work — and honor the work of millions of moms like her — by making sure to buy her some union-made candy this Mother's Day.

Many top-grade chocolates are made by workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Ghirardelli, Hershey's, Russell Stover, and See's chocolates are all union-made.

Since we're still not doing big family gatherings, you can send Mom the chocolates with the help of union workers at the US Post Office or UPS.

If Mom lives nearby, you can buy her some flowers too, and drop them off on her porch. Many union markets have floral sections, and they'll be happy to help you.

The same markets will have bakeries for Mom's favorite cake, and deli sections to make up a basket of goodies you can drop off with the flowers.

You can find a full list of union grocery stores in Western Washington at the UFCW 21 website: www.ufcw21.org/shop-union/

If you are traveling to see Mom, be sure to observe all the safety precautions. You can find union-made masks and protective gear at Ethix Merch: https://ethixmerc.com/made-usa-safety/

You'll also need a place to stay for your visit. UNITE HERE has a list of union hotels at www.fairhotel.org.

Finally, if you want to get Mom a special gift, Macys, Macys Furniture Gallery, Del-Teet Furniture, and Woodside Braseth Gallery are all union shops. So is C. C. Filson if she's the outdoorsy type.

By the way, the unions that will help you celebrate your mom are also leaders in the fight for a democratic and inclusive union movement that defends LGBT rights.