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When back-to-school shopping, make sure you buy union!

(Aug. 9, 2018) — Stores are setting up their back-to-school sales for parents to purchase supplies that their students need for the academic year that begins in the coming weeks. When you do your shopping, make sure you buy school supplies that support good jobs because they are union-made in America!

Here is a list, courtesy of the AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Acco brand products:

Five Star school supplies and organizational gear

Mead school supplies

Tetra Pak milk cartons (made by USW Local 171 on Vancouver, WA)


Roaring Spring paper products:

Modern Jen journals and folders

Construction paper

Poster Board

Drawing pads

Sketch books

Compositions notebooks

Wire-bound notebooks

Binders and portfolios

Index cards




Boise paper products:

Boise X-9

Business Choice


Office Depot



USA Xerographics

Grand and Toy

W.B. Mason


Pacon brand products:

Art1st drawing/sketch Pads

Array card stock & bond paper

Art Street construction paper

Bordette Decorative Border

Classroom Keepers storage

Colorwave tagboard

Corobuff 3D decorative backgrounds

Decorol Art Roll paper

Ecology recycled paper

Ella Bella photography backdrops

Fadeless Paper

Flameless Paper

GoWrite! dry erase pads

Kaleidoscope colored paper

Little Fingers construction paper

Neon fluorescent-colored paper products

Peacock colored paper products

Plast’r Craft modeling material

The Present-It easel pads

Rainbow Colored Kraft duo-finish paper

Riverside construction paper

Spectra ArtKraft duo-finish paper

Spectra Art Tissue tissue paper

Spectra Glitter

Trait-tex yarn

Tru-Ray construction paper

The Washington State Labor Council’s Union Goods and Services Committee has asked The Stand to regularly post lists of union products to help inform rank-and-file members and supporters what they can buy to support good family-wage jobs.



CHECK OUT THE UNION DIFFERENCE in Washington: higher wages, affordable health and dental care, job and retirement security.

FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN TOGETHER with your co-workers to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and a voice at work. Or go ahead and contact a union organizer today!