Union-Made Thanksgiving Shopping List

Posted on 20 November 2012

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionSend by emailSend by email

By Jackie Tortora

As you prepare to head to the grocery store to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner ingredients, double check your shopping list to make sure your Turkey Day fixin's are all union made in America. Check out some highlights from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Here are some of the best union-made Thanksgiving eats and tools from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).


  • Del Monte Blue Diamond Almonds — BCTGM
  • Kraft/Nabisco crackers — BCTGM


  • Boar's Head — UFCW
  • Butterball — UFCW
  • Foster Poultry Farms — UFCW
  • Thumann's—UFCW


  • Cutco knife — USW
  • All-Clad cookware — USW

Side Dishes

  • Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce — IAM
  • Birds Eye vegetables — UFCW
  • Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes — BCTGM


  • Pillsbury crescent rolls, frozen and bake rolls/breads — BCTGM
  • Pillsbury pie crusts — BCTGM
  • Stroehmann bakery products (for stuffing) — BCTGM


  • Sara Lee pumpkin, apple pie — BCTGM
  • Mother’s Kitchen pies and cakes — BCTGM
  • Nabisco cookies — BCTGM


  • Kellogg's Corn Flakes (to top those sweet potato casseroles) — BCTGM
  • Quaker Oats (for apple crisp) — BCTGM

Search for more union-made food at Labor 411.

Jackie Tortora is Blog/Social Media Manager for the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for 56 U.S. labor unions, representing more than 12 million working Americans. This article was originally published at Labor's Edge.

Why does it have to be union made?
There are plenty of union and non-union produced products out there.
Use your best judgement and common sense when purchasing Thanksgiving food or more to the point any product or food.

Unless you're rich, you want to get the best prices for what you buy.Unions are good, but they do drive up prices. Companies pass onto the customers what they have to pay workers. That's why public unions should not be allowed. The state can't raise prices--it has to tax citizens to pay for the public salaries.

In the private arena if the unions demand exorbitant concessions then it can even lead to the affected companies to fold...as we see for Hostess. The workers should realize that it's better to have a lower-pay job than no job at all.

Hostess was brought down by a private equity firm doing what they do best: buying a controlling stake, installing their own parasites people onto the board, loading the company with debt, paying bonuses to top execs, sayanora!