Support the union label on Halloween


"When those little ghosts and goblins come collecting on Halloween," a leading labor journalist declared on Oct. 21, "make sure you have a full supply of union made goodies to hand out."

Clarifying his statement further, International Labor Communications Association Vice President Randy Lyman, a member of the Service Employees International Union, said, "No, not our latest flyers on the economic crisis. We mean candies made by union workers."

Asked to list some of his personal favorites, Lyman mentioned Jelly Bellies, Red Vines, Sunkist Fruit Gel Slices, Abbazabbz and Sweethearts, which he described as "those crunchy little hearts with sweet nothings stamped into them."

Researchers at the Peoples World turned up a larger list of union-made goodies, however, including Snickers, Skittles, M&Ms, Butterfingers, Kit Kats, Twix, Mound's, Almond Joy, Nestles Crunch, Milky Way, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

UnionPlus has issued comprehensive lists of candy products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, snack foods made by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and fruits and nuts packaged by members of the United Farm Workers of America.

"Please support our union brothers and sisters when you shop for Halloween treats this year," Lyman urged.


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  • I'm assuming Wonka stuff is non-union, as films show.

    Posted by Tom Workman, 10/23/2009 3:50pm (6 years ago)

  • Nice to know KitKats and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are good for us - kinda! Buying union can be fun! Thanks for great article.

    Posted by Susie-Q, 10/23/2009 11:42am (6 years ago)

  • Well, with names like that it shouldn't be a problem. But my concern, and this is just because I'm OCD maybe, but some of those listings are of MasterFoods Inc. Are all plants union or are we going to get stuck with non-union bags because our ChinaMart or other grocier gets them from a non-union plant?

    Posted by Brandon Ivey, 10/22/2009 2:28pm (6 years ago)

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