The Great American Eclipse is Coming. Here’s How to Keep it Made in America.

Erica Maddox

Erica Maddox Social Media Intern, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Save the date: Aug. 21, 2017! 

That’s the day that a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast, and it’s being called the “Great American Eclipse.”

The once-in-a-lifetime event will see the sun go completely behind the moon, and the moon will cast a twilight here on earth. The moon and sun will appear to be the same size, even though the sun is much larger. 

The eclipse will be visible from the waterfront of Government Point, Ore., through Charleston, S.C. The eclipse will start at 10:16 a.m. in Oregon, and end in South Carolina at 2:41 p.m., and the total duration will be about an hour and a half. 

The Great American Eclipse will pass through 12 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. If you live in one of those places, you won’t want to miss it! But even if you don't live in one of those places, you'll still be able to watch a partial eclipse — NASA has an interactive map that shows exactly what you can expect to see and when.

And as USA Today reports, you also need to take steps to protect yourself — special eclipse glasses must be worn to protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, for example. We put together a list of American-made items you’ll need for the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Glasses: The one thing you definitely need if you plan on watching the eclipse are special glasses to protect your eyes, and American Paper Optics’ Eclipse Glasses are made in Barlett, Tenn. These glasses block out 100 percent of ultraviolet rays, 100 percent of infrared radiation, and 99.9 percent of visible light that can hurt your eyes. Made from black polymer material, American Paper Optics’ eclipse glasses allow you to see the natural phenomena without so much light, and are also tested and certified safe to use during the eclipse. The glasses are also easy to use — the company printed the instructions about how to wear them and reminders to keep them on during the duration of the eclipse right on the frames. The glasses can even be customized with a message or logo in order to make great promotional items.

Picnic Blanket: Manufactured in San Francisco, Eclogue’s Go-Blanket is a way to watch the solar eclipse in style. Not only can the blanket be used to watch the eclipse, the Go-Blanket is perfect as a picnic blanket and a stadium blanket. With breathable lining, high-quality light fleece, and a 100 percent waterproof coat, the blanket is lightweight, with durable nylon lining that is still soft and cozy.    

Sunglasses: While eclipse glasses are a must, if you’re going to be outside for the eclipse, you might as well pick up new shades for the rest of the day! Shwood makes wooden sunglasses that are stylish, trendy, eco-friendly and functional.  Made in Portland, Ore., Shwood’s manufacturing process puts skilled craftsmanship and technology together to form their one-of-a-kind sunglasses.  Every step from design, to lens cutting, to shaping and finishing the glasses are done right in the company’s Portland workshop. 

Sunscreen: If you plan on being outside while waiting for the eclipse to start, make sure to apply sunscreen. Coola Sun Care makes its sunscreen in San Diego, Calif., and manufactures all types of sun care from classic sunscreen to self-tanning products to protective lip balm and more.  Coola uses ingredients that are natural, organic, locally sourced, and sustainable. Coola believes that its products are “better for your skin, and better for the environment.”  

Lawn Chairs: Get comfortable as you wait for the big moment! Back in the USA sells a good old fashioned folding aluminum webbed lawn chair. From backyard BBQs to parades, these chairs are perfect for any outdoor event… like the eclipse!  With a selection of different colors, different options for higher backs, and drink holders, Back in the USA displays the great ways you can buy a backyard classic lawn chair.

Picnic Basket:  Do you want to make a nice day out of the solar eclipse? Bring some snacks and drinks, and pack them in an American-made picnic basket!  Peterboro Basket Company is the oldest continuous manufacturer of baskets in the United States, having been in business since 1854. Based in historic Peterborough, N.H., Peterboro Basket Company strives to bring its customers the highest quality and most useful baskets with long-lasting durability. Not only does the company make classic wooden woven baskets, it also makes insulated coolers that look like classic baskets as well.

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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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