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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:29 AM

AFL-CIO Demands 'Unionmade' Stop Its Fakery

Source: AFL-CIO

Attention "Unionmade": We're not flattered by imitation.

What happens when a company that acknowledges its clothing is not union-made names itself "Unionmade" anyway? Count on union members proud of their reputation for quality work to say, "Give it up." In a letter Thursday, the AFL-CIO demanded that the apparel company Unionmade—which also has a logo suspiciously like the historic AFL-CIO “handshake” logo—stop its trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The federation told the company to immediately stop using the logo (including not selling items showing it and removing the sign from stores and online sites) and change the store name so it “does not deceive the public into thinking that they are purchasing items that are actually made by union workers….”

Hamilton Nolan at Gawker.com exposed Unionmade’s deceptive presentation of its products. When pushed, Nolan wrote, Unionmade admitted “some of the brands we carry are union made, many are not.”

FULL story at link.

Read more: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Corporate-Greed/AFL-CIO-Demands-Unionmade-Stop-Its-Fakery



Read the full letter here: http://www.aflcio.org/content/download/58731/831521/version/1/file/Unionmade+letter.pdf





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Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
Berlum Nov 2012 #1
SoapBox Nov 2012 #2
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #3
woo me with science Nov 2012 #4
daleanime Nov 2012 #5
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #10
limpyhobbler Nov 2012 #11
woo me with science Dec 2012 #16
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #6
freshwest Nov 2012 #9
lexw Nov 2012 #7
TheBlackAdder Dec 2012 #14
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #8
TheBlackAdder Dec 2012 #15
limpyhobbler Nov 2012 #12
Sanity Claws Nov 2012 #13
reACTIONary Dec 2012 #17
bobthedrummer Dec 2012 #18

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:08 PM

1. Bain Capital (R) own this Ripoff, Inc.?

Would surprise no one.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:51 PM

2. More lies from the 1%.

...crooks...thieves...liars...cheaters...

What the fuck is with company owers these days? Guess it's the Bain/Romney Syndrome.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:53 PM

3. Man that's fucked up. I hope the AFL-CIO prevails! nt

PB

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:23 PM

4. 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, spy centers for mining or surveillance of all phone calls and email without a warrant, 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, bailouts and settlements for corrupt banks, 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 #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:38 PM

5. +1

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:11 PM

10. Gee, Woo ...

Do you have anyone, in particular, that you are talking about as a proud Democrat that is posing?

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:47 PM

11. +1. A list that practically writes itself

Personally I would have included dooming the earth to a climate catastrophe by accelerating fossil fuel production at the exact moment we should be slowing it down.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:52 AM

16. Thank you.

You're absolutely right that that was an important omission.

I added defense of "drill, drill drill," more pipelines, and selling off the Gulf of Mexico to my next iteration of this rant.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:02 PM

6. Or, ...

Union Made could allow their shop to ... you know ... UNIONIZE.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:38 PM

9. Best idea yet. And I don't care if it's in China or Bangladesh.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:18 PM

7. That is nuts. I certainly would have thought it was a union made product.

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Response to lexw (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:44 AM

14. I'm with you on that. Totally deceptive. n/r

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:30 PM

8. I remember the Chinese island of...

Usa!

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Response to ProudProgressiveNow (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:47 AM

15. I believed that since the 1970's.

Then, about 20 years ago I heard on the radio that it was just a story, but I saw no actual proof.

Snopes says it isn't true. http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/usa.asp

Now, at the bottom of the Snopes article, there is the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas that can use the "Made in USA" logo. I believe that this is the island that several US companies used to intern Chinese prison labor to manufacture clothing. I believe one of them was Do***rs (if I am not mistaken), as I used to buy them because of the Made in USA logo and then I heard news reports over 20 years ago about this practice.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:49 PM

12. k/r. yeah they need to stop

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:36 PM

13. I hope they win bigtime

It is purposefully deceptive.

I hope someone also goes after Brooklyn Industries. The stuff is not made in Brooklyn. Most, if not all, comes from China.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:06 PM

17. Here is an interesting history of the AFL-CIO logo / trademark...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:31 PM

18. K&R n/t

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