New Balance is Out with New Versions of its Made in USA Sneakers

Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch Digital Media Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing

New Balance is out with new Made in America sneakers — and sneakerheads are taking notice.

Sneaker Bar Detroit reports that New Balance has released a Made in USA version of its iconic 990 model for August. It’s a retro version, “dressed in a mix of Black and Olive Green that’s constructed with a woven mesh upper paired with suede overlays.” The sneakers are priced at $210.

That’s not all, either. The folks at Kicks on Fire report that a new version of the popular 995 line also has been unveiled, this time in angora and mercury red and priced at $200, while Sneaker News reports that New Balance is also out with the 247, available “in luxe, sport, and retro-inspired rendition” and selling for just $79.99.

It’s exciting news for fans of the company’s Made in America offerings (which can be customized if you don’t like any of the options referenced above). And it’s exciting to see legitimate sneaker enthusiasts taking notice, too.

As we’ve previously noted on the blog, New Balance has maintained manufacturing operations in the United States for more than 75 years. It makes or assembles more than 4 million pairs of athletic shoes in the USA every year; when the domestic value of the shoe is at least 70 percent, it’s given a Made in the USA label.

Although New Balance’s Made in USA offerings are just a portion of the brand’s overall line of merchandise — it still imports a lot of stuff — we applaud the company for making a conscious decision to maintain operations in New England, employing hundreds of workers in the process. And it great to see that New Balance is clearly proud of its American-made merchandise, offering customers an array of fun and unique designs and giving the sneakers a real promotional push (quite unlike another company we recently wrote about).

We hope more shoe and apparel companies will follow New Balance’s lead. As designer Nanette Lepore — herself a huge supporter of American-made fashion — recently told the Hollywood Reporter: “If every big American brand produced just a few styles a month in the U.S., it would support our factories and enable them to continue our heritage of American craftsmanship.”

Check out the entire line of New Balance Made in USA sneakers.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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