About The Michigan Union Label
The Michigan Union Label promote Union made products in Michigan and through
out the U.S. Email our webmaster if you would like to add your company to our list.
We live by the concept "Be Union, Buy Union".
Click on each flyer to download the PDF version of the flyers
A heart felt THANK YOU goes out to Delta Dental for
sponsoring our luncheon
at The Renew America Conference on Sunday October 2nd 2011
The invention of the union label concept is attributed to the Carpenters Eight-Hour League in San Francisco,
California which adopted a stamp in 1869 for use on products produced by factories employing men on the eight-
(as opposed to ten-) hour day. In 1874, that city's unionized cigar-making workers created a similar "white labor"
label to differentiate their cigars from those made by poorly-paid, non-unionized Chinese workers. The concept
of the union label as a tool for harnessing support from fellow working-class consumers for unionization spread
rapidly in the next decades, first among the cigarmakers (their union adopted the first national union label in 1880),
but among other unions as well, including typographers, garment workers, coopers, bakers and iron molders. By 1909,
the American Federation of Labor had created its Union Label Department.