Increasing Support for Union Jobs Might Take a PR Effort

January 7th, 2013 No comments

Increase Union Jobs Through Awareness, Not Legislation Battles

A new PR campaign might be needed for greater support for Union jobs.

Austin, Texas: There has been a great deal of press over the past few months about Union jobs and the increase in right to work legislation in some states.

Although our company, BuyUSPromos.com tries to promote American jobs whether they are unionized or not, we have been paying special attention lately to adding more Union-shop factories to our list of vendors.

After meeting and dealing with these hard working factories, our New Year’s resolution was to increase by 20% the number of Union shops that we work with in 2013 — in making our tote bags, imprinted bandannas, water bottles and mugs and other promotional products.

I have been turned off by the way the media has been portraying the Unions and its members and feel that it is time to support these Unions — before they do not exist any longer.

I also think that it is time for the Unions to fight back in the media —  in public relations — on the air, in social media – wherever — to explain the value that Unions offer the country.

Perhaps if Americans hear from Union workers (not necessarily strident Union leaders), then a softer and more honest image can be created and the role and value of Union workers can be re-established.

Fighting for higher pay regardless of the profitability of factories is a losing argument.

Fighting for greater respect, better working conditions and a fair wage is certainly something that most Americans can stand for.

Support Union jobs

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Is Right-to-Work Legislation Good for American Jobs?

December 11th, 2012 No comments

Can Becoming a Right to Work State Boost Michigan's economy?American Jobs: Perhaps Shifting States to Right-to-Work Can Jump Start Our Economy

Austin, Texas The Michigan Legislature passed a Bill today that makes Michigan a right-to-work state

According to an article in the online Wall Street Journal, this bill makes Michigan “the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.”

GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, said the intention is to give workers a choice, not to target unions.

“This is about being pro-worker,” Mr. Snyder said.

Instead of getting $30 an hour for a limited number of union jobs, perhaps more factories will come back to Detroit and its surrounding cities– but at a much lower rate–say $10-$15 an hour.

Which is better— very few union jobs at a high wage or many more jobs at a lower wage?

The unions continue to fight this type of legislation, but in my opinion, it is a losing battle –especially as so many factory workers have been unemployed for 6-12-18 months or longer.

It is better to bring jobs into an area– so that ancillary businesses will follow-such as restaurants, clothing stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.

These increased jobs help to improve the value of housing, helping people of Detroit and elsewhere to reinvigorate the economy.

Is it ideal?  No–but this is not the early 1970s anymore… and this country needs more American jobs.

With a global economy, too many American jobs have been outsourced due to union-waged jobs over the past few decades.

Now, we can begin to bring some of these jobs back home- and help restore America’s economy.

Although not ideal, keep this in mind: $15 an hour is better than no job. Let’s support factories and businesses that are taking the risk and moving production and manufacturing back to this country.

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Are You Explaining the Benefits of Buying American Made Products To Your Customers?

December 5th, 2012 No comments
Are you explaining to your customers the benefits of Buying American Made products?

Are you explaining to your customers the benefits of Buying American Made products?

Don’t Assume Your Customers Understand the Benefits of Buying American Made Products. It’s Up To You to Explain It

Austin, Texas: The media has been talking about US job growth and Made in the USA for many months now and too many US factories are just waiting for their phones to ring and orders to be faxed over.

But what are you doing to explain to your customers and prospects the value and benefit they get from buying American made products?

Are you working with them to show how you can significantly shorten lead time?

Are you explaining the cost benefits and potential savings in fuel costs?

Are you charting the economic impact that your factory has in your community — not just with your immediate jobs, but in ancillary benefits, such as more retailers and restaurants, better schools through increased tax revenues, etc.?

Are you showcasing your quality benefits?

Are you educating your customers and prospects about your strict adherence to employee safety, OSHA and EPA regulations, Consumer Product Safety compliance, etc.?

Are you talking up your diverse workforce?

Do you mention your customization options, color selections, sizing options and other benefits that can be done on small runs to give your clients enough customization and variety to succeed more easily?

Don’t expect your customers to put all these pieces together.

Don’t expect your customers to Buy American just because they heard a jingle on the radio or saw a Buy USA billboard.

Be pro-active.

Join with other American factories in your community or industry and get the word out.

Use social media to explain the competitive advantages of buying from an American company.

Keep your message on target – so that there will be no question why your American-made products are a better fit for your customers and prospects.

But don’t leave it to the media to do your job for you.

Get involved.

Discuss, explain and educate your customers on why they should be buying American made products.

Educate your employees as well- as they come into contact with at least as many people as you do in the course of a day – and they should be fluent in the talking points.

Over time, your customers will have no doubt why they should buy American made products.

Remember, the job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

How Many More Factory Fires and Deaths Will It Take Before People Insist on Buying American Made Products?

November 29th, 2012 No comments
Buy American Made Products This Holiday Season

Buy American Made Products This Holiday Season

Buying American Made Products Saves Lives..To Say Nothing of American Jobs

Austin, Texas: Factory workers are dying around the world at an alarming rate ..in a rush to eke out every inch of profit.

The other day there was a fire in a Bangladesh factory that killed 117 workers.  This factory was alleged to be making products for Sears, Disney and Wal-Mart, according to USA Today.

Whether it was arson or not, an article from CNN says that “The state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha recently reported that some 6,000 people die every year in fires in Bangladesh.”

Workers at Foxconn making Apple products have a high incidence of suicide among its workforce due to long hours, tedious work and poor work/lifestyle ratios.

How many more deaths of innocent factory workers will it take before American consumers are willing to pay a little bit more for products that are actually made in America?

We should look to these deaths and finally decide that we are better than this.

Are you willing to pay a little bit more for your Christmas gifts knowing that your items were Made in America?

By Americans?

For Americans?

I hope so.

American-made goods are produced to a higher standard.

Most of the issues about lead turning up in glassware and other products have all been made overseas.

Most of the reports about toxic chemicals added to consumable products are also made overseas–where regulations are not very stringent at all.

Politics aside, it is regulations and fair work hours and pay that have built the American middle class.

We need to support those workers — to ensure a higher standard of living for all Americans.

There is a huge multiplier effect that comes from one American worker spending their money on other goods and services, which lead to greater production, higher sales taxes paid to states, more income tax paid to state and federal coffers – and the cycle keeps continuing … as long as we continue to buy American.

Buy American made products this Holiday season.

Remember, the job you save may be your own.

————————————————— Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Fight West Nile Virus With Imprinted Bug Bands

August 24th, 2012 No comments
Fight Mosquito Bites With Imprinted Bug Bands

Imprinted US-Made, DEET-Free Bug Bands to Help Fight West Nile Virus

Help Your Employees Fight Against West Nile Virus With These Bug Bands With Your Logo

The West Nile Virus is fast spreading – so help ensure your employees’ and customers’ safety with these mosquito-repellents.

No DEET. Non-toxic. Safe for kids.

Eliminates the need for messy lotions and oils. Safe for the whole family. Easy to use and won’t stain clothing. Water or perspiration won’t reduce effectiveness. Lasts up to 40 hours outside of sealed bag. May be used repeatedly if stored in vapor-barrier bag.

Ideal for hospitals, blood banks, heath care facilities, insurance companies, fundraisers, boy scouts, girl scouts, little leagues, day camps, camp grounds, corporate picnics, or any outdoor function.

Measures 9″ L x 7/8″ W

As low as $1.49 each with your logo.

Available from BuyUSPromos.com – and made in the USA from recycled plastic.

Click for more information about these mosquito-repellent bands.

 

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Does US Olympic Fever Translate to a Buy American Spirit?

August 3rd, 2012 No comments

Will Retailers See an Increase in the Buy American Movement?

Is it time for a new wave of Buy American fever?Austin, TX:  Ratings for the 2012 Summer Olympics are at a record high and American athletes are capturing our attention once again, as they seem to do every four years.

Michael Phelps and the rest of the US swimmers setting new world records, the amazing gold-medal winning women’s gymnastics team, the US volleyball and basketball teams and others — these all make for terrific drama and great ratings, both online and on television.

Everyone is shouting, “USA!  USA! USA!”

But does this sense of patriotism end and die once the Olympic games are over– or is this just the start of a renewed Buy American fervor?

I think it is up to advertisers to start promoting American-made products and the sales will follow.

If advertising and marketing can capture the American spirit in a positive way, sales of US-made goods will soar.

No handouts.

No crying foul.

No government mandates.

No tax benefits or tax credits.

How to Promote American-Made Goods?

Convey the sense of pride in workmanship.

Show how your plant or factory is positively impacting jobs in your area.

Tell and share moving and gripping human interest stories about your founder, your employees and your customers–like NBC has been doing for years with Olympic athletes.

Explain the reasons why your product is safer and/or more durable than imported products.

People are hungry to be persuaded to buy American.

It is a marketers goal to set the mood and tone and to deliver on the promise of American ingenuity and pride of workmanship.

Are you willing to promote your American-made brands?

Are you going to proudly display them, share stories about them and create the push for this growing Buy American movement?

Let’s get it done. Today.

Remember, the job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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What Does Made in the USA Mean to You?

August 1st, 2012 No comments

“American Made” Should Mean American Pride

Does Made in the USA mean QUALITY any more?

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

Austin, TX: During the election campaign season there is a great deal of talk on both sides about the need to Re-Build America.

But unless American factories find ways to increase productivity, most of the lost jobs will stay overseas.

Americans need to feel pride in their work again to make “Made in the USA” more meaningful – and not just an election slogan.

What does Made in America mean to you?

What does Made in the USA mean to most Americans?

Higher prices?

Shoddy workmanship?

Unions?

Expensive?

We need to change the image of what it means to be Made in the USA before Americans (and foreign markets) will take notice and help to restore and add new jobs here in this great country.

I was taken aback at this great quote: “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

Are we going to focus on the American workforce or is the American workforce going to be instilling a sense of pride, workmanship and values back into our factories?

Let’s hope for the latter.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Wear American Act to Mandate the Federal Government to Buy 100% American-made Apparel

July 24th, 2012 No comments

New bill would require federal government to buy only 100% US-made apparelAustin, Texas  It must be election season because the pandering has begun to hit full stride.

Today, US  Senator Sherrod Brown announced a new effort to “boost domestic apparel and textile manufacturing.”

According to Sherrod Brown’s own blog, “The current Buy America statute states that only 51% of apparel purchased by the federal government be made in America. Sherrod Brown’s new Wear American Act of 2012 would revise that law, and require that the federal government purchase only apparel that is 100% American made.

Brown said, “Manufacturing helped make this country great. Good-paying manufacturing jobs have allowed hundreds of thousands of Americans to buy homes, send their children to college, and retire with security. But for too long, we’ve seen American manufacturing jobs—including textile and apparel jobs—shipped overseas due to unfair trade that has stacked the deck against American workers. We know how to make things in America, and the textile sector employs more than half a million workers in the United States—which is why the federal government should be purchasing, whenever possible, apparel that is domestically produced. With our widening trade deficit, we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing and job creation.”

I think it is a good move to mandate a certain level of government spending on US-made products. But 100%.  Seems a bit unreasonable.

However, the downside is that other countries can enact similar laws– thereby starting a trade war.

Do you think this Wear American Act is a good idea?

Please share your comments.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Are You Willing To Pay More for American-Made Products?

July 19th, 2012 No comments
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How much more are you willing to pay for American made merchandise?

Austin, Texas: There is a great deal of talk in the press during the election campaign season about bringing jobs back to the United States.

Both political parties claim to be “Pro-American Business”.

Most politicians go on the TV news circuit blaming the other side for exporting jobs overseas and for the trade deficit..

But candidates, political parties and other public officials cannot make you purchase American-made products.

Only you can do that.

Are you willing to pay extra for American-made jobs?

If so, how much more?

And, are you going to buy US-made products when nobody else is watching you?

I have this discussion nearly every day with my clients. Sure, they can purchase most promotional products for less if they go with a Chinese-made item–whether it be a tote bag, water bottle, pen or key chain with their logo.

But still, many of my clients are willing to pay a little bit extra for these logo items.

Here are the top reasons why companies purchase products that are Made in America:

  • faster turnaround time
  • more tightly regulated adherence to CPSIA and other regulations
  • better quality control
  • less shipping costs
  • their organization requires a certain percentage of goods be made in America
  • it would look odd to have a Made in China label on their product (think US flags and flag products and also US Olympic uniforms)
  • they are a union company and must buy union-made items

The only way that US manufacturing will improve is if people make a conscious effort to buy American.

Are you willing to make the effort?

As a famous rabbi once asked, If not you, then who? If not now, then when?


————————————————— Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Should Politicians Be Forced to Buy American Made Promotional Products – Or Is It Their Right to Choose?

July 18th, 2012 No comments
Should candidates buy only American made promotional items and swag?

Should candidates buy only American made promotional items and swag?

Austin, Texas: Should politicians be forced to buy promotional products that are only made in the USA?

Isn’t it their right as free-market capitalists to buy whatever imprinted bumper sticker, tote bag or water bottle– regardless of their country of origin?

Do people really care if their imprinted swag or gimme caps are from the United States or China or India, for that matter?

Well, the answers to the above questions in order are: NO, YES and YES.

I get several calls each day from political campaigns looking to purchase promotional items that are made in the USA.

Everything that they use can be purchased from domestic factories. Many even from union shops – including bumper stickerswater bottles, tote bags, shirts and caps.

Some do it out of patriotism and sense of duty. Hats off to them- no pun intended.

Some do it because they “got busted” speaking before a group of people and handing out Made in China pens and key chains — only to have it blow up in their face.

Others are scared to death, especially since the Ralph Lauren U.S. Olympic team uniforms were found to have been made in China…and caused them embarrassment and shame in the media for days.

Politicians and political campaigns should be buying American made promotional items because it is the right thing to do.

How can they be a party or candidate that espouses a return to jobs–when they do not support American labor themselves.

Americans can smell a hypocrite a thousand miles away.

Don’t be a campaign that says one thing and does another.

If you are for helping the middle class rise in income, support American jobs.

Buy American made products.

Not just for your campaign, but whenever there is an option.

Do it when nobody else is looking.

Do it because your really believe in this great country of ours.

Buy American-made products because you a a firm believer in the American military– and are tired of supporting foreign regimes because they have raw goods or cheap labor that we want.

Buy US-made products because you are an American.

The job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.