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American Apparel CEO Rips the Retail Industry for Not Supporting American Jobs

May 7th, 2013 No comments

Do you Support more American jobs?Do You Support American Jobs?

Kudos to American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for taking on the American retail  industry’s ‘Blind Pursuit’ of Low Wages in the aftermath of the horrific accident in a Bangladesh factory last week.

Charney writes, “The apparel industry’s relentless and blind pursuit of the lowest possible wages cannot be sustained over time, ethically or fiscally. As labor and transportation costs increase worldwide, exploitation will not only be morally offensive and dated, it will not even be financially viable.”

He goes on to say why he chooses to keep jobs in the United States at $12/hour rather than to outsource.

Yes, prices might be higher from American factories – but Americans with jobs are able to afford more products and services from other companies.

There is definitely a multiplier effect with American jobs.

Are you supporting American jobs with your wallet ?

If not now, when?

Talk is cheap.

It is one thing to say you support American jobs.  It is another thing to pay for goods and services made by American companies.

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.

Is the Buy US Movement reaching a Tipping Point After The US Olympic Team Uniform Fiasco?

July 13th, 2012 No comments
Should Americans be angry that the US Olympic uniforms were made in China?

American Proud? US Olympic Uniforms Not American Made. Hypocritical or Good Business Decision?

Austin, Texas: There has been a lot of press recently on the fact that the US Olympic team’s uniforms were Made in China and not domestically. The debate centers around whether that is an affront to the American people or a shining example of American capitalism.

Doesn’t patriotism mean anything any longer?

Is it legal to outsource American flags, US Olympic team uniforms and US Military equipment and uniforms? Sure.

Does it seem right that many of these goods are made overseas?  Probably not.

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am not advocating government mandates to force companies to Buy USA.  That is short-sighted and leads to protectionism, trade wars and tariffs.

I am suggesting that people do what is right–even if it costs them a little bit more.

Ralph Lauren, designer of the Olympic uniforms, is surely not going to be selling their product line at WalMart, so the pennies they saved by outsourcing were not crucial. I am sure they will be adding a significant markup regardless of the savings.

How about positive goodwill they might have earned for going with American factories instead of the negative backlash they are getting on TV?

Why has this news resonated so much with the American people?

Have we reached a Tipping Point, as Malcolm Gladwell alluded to?

Can this be the final straw, where Americans say, “Enough is Enough”?

Can this be our Alamo–our rallying cry?

I hope so!

Americans, take a few moments to look at teh country of origin befor ebuying your next product. Then see if there is a comparable US-made product that can be substituted.

You will be surprised that American products are very comparable in many areas.  Maybe not in electronics, but in most other areas, there are American-made products that cost about the same.

That’s right.  “About the same”.

And isn’t the fact that we are supporting American jobs on workers who will now have money to buy products and services that your company makes worth something?

Isn’t there value to buying American products so that these workers now can pay more in taxes-which will hep improve the nation’s infrastructure, pay for roads and schools, pay down our national debt and support our military?

Let’s speak with our wallets and our purses  and spend money supporting American workers.

Let’s keep Americans working so we can all strive for the American dream.

Buy American — because it really does matter.

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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.

Insourcing: The Key To American Job Growth

January 12th, 2012 No comments

Will "insourcing" be the word of the year- to help spur new US job creation?Forget about “outsourcing”.   The new buzzword for the year 2012 will be “insourcing”.

According to an ABC News report, Obama is pushing the trend they call the “insourcing” of jobs back to America.

“You’ve heard of outsourcing.  Well, these companies are insourcing,” Obama said during remarks in the East Room, where he was flanked by U.S. business leaders who’ve committed to keeping work on American shores.

“These companies are choosing to invest in the one country with the most productive workers, best universities, and most creative and innovative entrepreneurs in the world: the United States of America,” he said.

The White House says in a new report that 334,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in the U.S. over the past two years and that manufacturing production has increased roughly 5.7 percent, the fastest pace in a decade.

Meanwhile, the outsourcing of jobs by U.S. firms has slowed dramatically under Obama, according to the most recent statistical snapshot by the Labor Department.

“I have noticed that more and more people that I meet online, on the phone and at trade shows are excited that we are offering American made promotional products”, says Robert Piller, owner of BuyUSPromos.com.

“Especially in an election year, people are starting to feel more patriotic, and increasing sales to American factories just makes good business sense.  With the longer lead times of imported products, uncertainty of the quality and safety of the materials and a desire to help reduce our unemployment rate, “insourcing” should be on top of everyone’s mind these days”, he continues.

Let’s hope insourcing sticks around–whoever is elected.

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.

Why Aren’t All Presidential Candidates Focused Only on the US Economy?

December 12th, 2011 No comments

why does the US economy barely get mentioned in debates?I have watched the last few Presidential debates, and it seems like a bunch of issues pop up–most of which have very little to do with the US economy and job creation.

Issues about who is the most conservative, prayer in school, he said-she said gotcha politics, etc.–none of this is doing anything to reinvigorate our economy or build a more positive outlook for businesses of all sizes.

What we need from both sides of the aisle are plans to get Americans working again.

We need a clear cut plan from every candidate on what steps they will take to improve our economy.

Let’s go back to the Ross Perot-era flip charts and pie graphs to explain in black and white, what each candidate plans to do to create more jobs.

Let’s keep the discussions real and honest, without the use of the words “bipartisanship”, “roadblock”, “socialist” , “Obamacare” and other words that are bandied around as filler.

Surely there are solid plans out there.

Let’s speak honestly about what sacrifices the American people may have to make in return for greater job security.

Let’s discuss whether a tax hike on millionaires is really “job killing” or not.

Let’s speak intelligently and honestly.

Americans need straight talk.  We are running out of time.

Support American jobs. 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.