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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:31 AM

'Unionmade' Clothing Maker Receives Cease-And-Desist Letter From American Unions

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/union-made-clothing-afl-cio_n_2218551.html?utm_hp_ref=business




'Unionmade' Clothing Maker Receives Cease-And-Desist Letter From American Unions
Dave Jamieson
Posted: 11/30/2012 12:04 pm EST Updated: 11/30/2012 3:01 pm EST

The leading federation for organized labor has sent a stern cease-and-desist letter to "Unionmade," the trendy apparel maker whose products, it turns out, are often not union-made.

The letter from the AFL-CIO calls out the San Francisco-based clothing company for "misleading" its customers with its name and also for potentially violating the AFL-CIO's trademark handshake logo.

"The AFL-CIO finds your use of the UNIONMADE mark highly misleading as the dictionary definition and understanding amongst the public is that 'union-made' means 'produced by workers belonging to a labor union,'" the letter reads.

The letter, which was dated Nov. 29 and sent by the AFL-CIO's outside legal counsel, urges Unionmade company officials to "see Dictionary.com" for more details.

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Reply 'Unionmade' Clothing Maker Receives Cease-And-Desist Letter From American Unions (Original post)
unhappycamper Dec 2012 OP
otherone Dec 2012 #1
unhappycamper Dec 2012 #3
xchrom Dec 2012 #2
tomm2thumbs Dec 2012 #4
rucky Dec 2012 #10
rDigital Dec 2012 #12
nilram Dec 2012 #13
Historic NY Dec 2012 #28
99th_Monkey Dec 2012 #30
MyTwoSense Dec 2012 #5
Chan790 Dec 2012 #7
WCGreen Dec 2012 #29
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #24
Hekate Dec 2012 #31
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #34
AndyTiedye Dec 2012 #32
NuttyFluffers Dec 2012 #35
99Forever Dec 2012 #6
Lightbulb_on Dec 2012 #17
99Forever Dec 2012 #18
Unrepentant Fenian Dec 2012 #8
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #26
progressoid Dec 2012 #9
woo me with science Dec 2012 #11
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #19
bluestate10 Dec 2012 #22
marasinghe Dec 2012 #33
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #27
Enrique Dec 2012 #14
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #15
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #20
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #36
Raine Dec 2012 #16
bluestate10 Dec 2012 #21
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #25
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #23
Union Scribe Dec 2012 #38
Union Scribe Dec 2012 #37
woo me with science Dec 2012 #39

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:44 AM

1. what is unionmade's deal

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Response to otherone (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:47 AM

3. What's in a name?

In this case, misdirection.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:47 AM

2. good. nt

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:42 AM

4. Sounds like '24 Hour Fitness' - which isn't necessarily open 24 hours


They'll probably argue it's their brand name and they don't have to follow any rules in that regard. But in the meantime, they'll be spending some big $$$ to fight it, will get heaps of bad publicity and lots of bad karma, and will no doubt find themselves at the short end of a very long line of consumers going elsewhere.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out, legally.

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Response to tomm2thumbs (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:41 AM

10. or the Macaroni Grill

which has no macaroni on the menu, those fuckers.

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Response to rucky (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:51 AM

12. Dirty pool for sure. LOL nt

 

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Response to rucky (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 04:44 PM

13. Right. And have you ever seen an olive tree at the "Olive Garden"?

Now I'm going to start looking into whether the Cheesecake Factory really makes their own cheesecake!

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Response to rucky (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:09 PM

28. Thankfully Hooters has...well you know....

Owls.

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Response to tomm2thumbs (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:23 PM

30. "LA Fitness" isn't in LA either, or at least MINE isn't. ~nt

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:18 AM

5. The urban lumberjack look...

 

Clothing for people who want to look outdoorsy as they prance from their condo to that new bistro for a latte.

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Response to MyTwoSense (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:25 AM

7. Your point...

some of us are that hipster. I don't prance though, I float on a pillow of my own self-importance. Also, lattes are for the weak-stomached and children. I'll have a triple con panna.

I'd never buy Unionmade's clothes though...too trendy and now I know they're not even union-made. Thrift-store! Dead man's pants for teh winnnn!

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 PM

29. Classic...

I float on a pillow of my own self-importance...

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Response to MyTwoSense (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:00 PM

24. San Franciscans don't prance to bistros for a latte. We prance to cafes for a latte and prance

to bistros for wine and food. We also often prance long distances in the outdoors because we have wonderful urban trails for prancing. And we live near many coastal and mountain trails that are great for prancing. I use a combination of prancing and public transportation to and from work. Depending on my mood, I may prance 8 miles a day. Many San Franciscans prefer to prance on their bikes but I prefer prancing on foot.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #24)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:32 PM

31. Then in a twinkling I heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof...














edited to correct the quote. must have correct quote!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #31)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:30 AM

34. Well, there is that, too! LOL!

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #24)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:39 PM

32. Prance and Dance

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:08 AM

35. i'm partial to flouncing

works my billowy garments more.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:22 AM

6. How about Scabmade?

Some truth in advertising is in order.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:29 PM

17. Terminology question...

 

Is a scab any person who isn't a member of a union?

I was under the impression that a "scab" was a person who came in to do a union members job while they are striking etc...

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Response to Lightbulb_on (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:38 PM

18. For the most part, you are correct.

How about Ratmade instead?

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:39 AM

8. Even if the cease-and-desist letter doesn't hold up, at least word of the fraud is getting out!

I hope that "Union Made" either goes all Union made or they go under. Spreading the word wil help. Thanks for posting this. I'll be sure to pass it on.

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Response to Unrepentant Fenian (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:04 PM

26. I posted contact info in post #23... company, twitter, and Facebook. Pass that on too, please.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:41 AM

9. Shades of Walmart's "We buy American"

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:45 AM

11. That's what corporatists do. They LIE and pretend to be what they are not.


Just like those who pose as proud Democrats while supporting indefinite detention, "kill lists" and drone wars, pre-emptive war as administration doctrine, warrantless spying and massive spy centers to collect the information, internet IDs and internet-censoring measures like ACTA and CISPA, military drones in American skies, coordinated violent crackdowns against peaceful protesters, strip searches for any arrestee, drilling and pipelines and selling off the Gulf of Mexico, bailouts and settlements for corrupt banks, corrupt agricultural empires, corporate education deform, anti-union garbage, cutting or "tweaking" Medicare and Social Security, and austerity budgets in an economy that has already impoverished its middle class...

Anything to win, and profit.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:40 PM

19. +1

 

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:27 PM

22. Bullshit. It is ok for people to have a point of view on issues that is different from mine.

You are drawing false equivalence between a company attempting to outright lie and people that have honest differences of opinion on political issues that don't match your. Get some perspective on life.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:40 PM

33. i see: collateral killings of innocents, wars of plunder on other countries,

exploiting foreign populations for their resources, moving towards fascist control of our own country, and suchlike -- are just honest differences of opinion; as opposed to a company lying outright to con people into buying their products, which is a heinous crime.

just goes to confirm my own take on equivalence -- DU has its own group of fucking assholes, who are the Democratic Party's gang of proto-fascists, tying to propagate their dominance & elitist status on the rest of the World.

damn all murdering, thieving, lying, hypocritical assholes, whatever flag they come waving -- is what i say.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:09 PM

27. Yep. You are a good egg, woo.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:55 PM

14. it's an "overarching concept"

at least their spokesman has a sense of humor...

http://gawker.com/5961169/unionmade-retailer-of-expensive-fashions-that-are-not-union-made

"The name UNIONMADE is an overarching concept and narrative for the store, signifying that we strive to carry well made and aesthetically timeless goods."

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Response to Enrique (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:18 PM

15. Yuck, corporate duck-speak!

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Response to Enrique (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:41 PM

20. god. no wonder americans are increasingly insane, this is the sea they swim in.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:22 AM

36. Or drown in.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:24 PM

16. DISGUSTING to use that name and mislead people

DISPICABLE ASSHOLES!

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:21 PM

21. Look like the company makes a concerted attempt to deceive consumers. The truth on them

must be posted far and wide.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #21)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:02 PM

25. Facebook, twitter, and company contact emails in post #23.

It would be great if you utilized one or all.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:49 PM

23. Contact them...

http://www.unionmadegoods.com/AboutUs.html

http://unionmadegoods.com/CustomerCare.html
PHONE: 415-861-3373
EMAIL: INFO@UNIONMADEGOODS.COM

On twitter https://twitter.com/_UNIONMADE_
@_UNIONMADE_ (my tweet: @_UNIONMADE_ is a #fraud @AFLCIO)

On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/UNIONMADE/185517215954?ref=ts

There is one right by my house. I've never been in because I shop at second hand stores but, this new info has inspired me to create a public art project. No no no, I'm not going to touch the store.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:36 AM

38. Awesome, thank you! nt

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:35 AM

37. That sounds like Kid Rock's BS "Made in Detroit" line

(Though perhaps El Salvador has become part of Detroit since I last checked a map.)

The offshoring scum KNOW that we want to buy US goods, so instead of bringing home jobs they just lie, because it's easier. Go get 'em, AFL-CIO!

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