False advertising!


If there is one thing that gets me riled up, it’s this.

A few years back while looking for union made boots online, I found a store called “Union Made” online. I excitedly reviewed the options. Upon closer investigation I found out that their products are not, in fact, union made.

UNIONMADE is the name of company, and they have storefronts in California and you can buy their products online.unionmadefalse

For a while they even had a union bug (the sign that a product is union made, with the union’s local on it) as their company logo.  The AFL-CIO sent them to ceases and desist letter.

This falsification is a slap in the face to every man woman and child in this c0untry and around the world who fought and sometimes died for the right to a union, to organization and a voice and dignity on the job.

I could rant about this all day but I will spare you and just link to some articles of people who have researched this.

When asked, Todd Barket the store founder said: “It had nothing to do with unions. I’m surprised that people took the name literally.”

So buyer, beware. Do not shop at UNIONMADE.

More info:

Gawker- Unionmade: Retailer of Expensive Fashions That Are Not Union Made

AFL-CIO: Unionmade isn’t

Huffington Post: There Once Was a Union Made

Bike shorts

Getting back on the road bike after a winter without riding means one thing: a sore saddle.

I decided to invest in bike shorts, lovely padded pants that cushion your tush when you’re on the bike seat.

I found Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear online and ordered a pair. http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ They manufacture in PA.IMG_6561

I went for the All American Women’s Bike Short– made in the USA. It was even on sale.

I really like the shorts, they are comfortable and feel great on long rides. They don’t have any uncomfortable seems. They are well made. I ordered size large and I am glad I did, they are pretty short.

Not all of their products are made in the USA but a majority are. They are well labeled on their website so you can see which of their gear is American made.