This is a guest column from Mark Horn, member of AFSCME Local 1, which originally appeared in the Union Labor News, SCFL.
Summer is my favorite season and it probably yours too. Enjoy the summer with these quality union made products.
First things first, let’s get the yard work out of the way and there is no better way to get the lawn in shape than with John Deere zero turn mowers, made right here in Wisconsin.
Enough work, time to play. The world’s best outboard motors are made right here in Fond du Lac by Mercury Marine. Your motor is definitely the place to invest in value because nobody wants to be stuck out in the middle of the lake.
Okay, you are not so much for the water; fair enough. Bell Helmets will keep you safe when biking this summer. Now for your ride; there is only one name Harley-Davidson made in Milwaukee, Harley is to ultimate summer road experience. Are you more for human power? Bell makes the best bicycle helmets, as well.
Do you prefer the links to the highway? We have you covered there too. MacGregor golf clubs and Top Flite golf balls are both . I hit Top Flite because I can depend on them to perform consistently even when I do not.
Kicking it back a little more, let’s head for the beach. We all want to protect ourselves and our family from the harmful effects of too much sun. There is no better way than with Bain de Soleil and Coppertone tanning lotion and sun screen. Get the tan without the burn by applying these union made products every time you head outside.
As long as you are relaxing, do it right with a hammock from the Algoma Net Company. These quality hammocks will make any summer day feel like a vacation. Algoma Net also makes outdoor leisure furniture and cushions. Relax and enjoy your summer in style.
All this activity and relaxing is giving me an appetite. Summer picnics start at the grill and Weber grills are the choice of great backyard chefs everywhere. So, what’s going on the grill? How about some brats; Klements, Usingers or Johnsonville? They are all made right here in Wisconsin. For the kids, load the other side of the grill with Ball Park, Butterball, National Hebrew, Hormel or of course Oscar Meyer hot dogs. Don’t forget the condiments including: Heinz Ketchup, Claussen and Vlasic pickles, as well as French’s and Gulden’s Mustard.
Finish loading your plate with Bugles, Doritos, Fritos, Old El Paso chips, dips and salsa,Ritz Crackers, Rold Gold Pretzels, Ruffles, Sun Chips, Tostitos chips, dips and salsa, Triscuit and Wheat Thins. Remember to save room for Babcock Hall and Breyers ice cream. We love the natural vanilla but whatever flavor you choose, union made means quality and great taste in every bite.
Wash your summer picnic food down with refreshing Pepsi and Coke products. Here in Wisconsin adult beverages usually mean beer. Fortunately, there are plenty of great choices. Leinenkugel, Miller Genuine Draft , Miller Lite , Miller High Life , Milwaukee’s Best. Though no longer made in Wisconsin, Pabst Blue Ribbon is still union made and popularly priced. O’Doul’s is an excellent choice if you want a non-alcoholic alternative. Keep those beverages cool in your Rubbermaid Cooler.
When you buy union you get great quality and the peace of mind knowing that the folks who made them have decent working conditions, wages and benefits.