Pet Body Armor: Protect Your Furry Friends With This Tough American-Made Vest

Jesús Espinoza

Jesús Espinoza Press Secretary, AAM

Growing up in the Southwest, you get used to seeing coyotes prowling around yards and driveways at dawn and dusk. You know to keep your distance, but our four-legged friends don’t always get the memo. 

In 2016, the Espinoza family had a close call. During an early morning walk, our 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Chiquita (like the bananas!), lunged at some bushes along a wilderness trail. It turns out a coyote was lurking in the brush -- maybe waiting for its next meal.

After a terrifying brawl, the coyote fled. To our surprise, Chiquita ran back with minor bite marks that landed her in a vet-ordered quarantine for 10 days for potential rabies. She ended up fine, but it was too close a call.

Sadly, not everyone’s pooch is so lucky. For Paul Mott, Pam Mott and Nicole Mellom, the loss of their beloved Buffy to a coyote was an unforgettable tragedy. But they soon turned tragedy into something inspiring. They went on to create CoyoteVest: Pet Body Armor.

These lightweight, American-made Kevlar vests are studded with sturdy metal spikes and flexible plastic whiskers to keep coyotes, and even raptors, at a distance.

As Chiquita’s vet said after the attack, coyotes usually aim for the backs and necks of smaller animals. The CoyoteVest shields those exposed areas, so predators aren’t tempted to get an inch closer.

The vest could mean the difference between life and death. They start at $69.95 -- a worthy investment to keep your lovable pets safe. Read what CoyoteVest users have to say here, and find the perfect fit for your furry friend on their website.

Next time you see or hear a coyote in your neighborhood, know that protection for your small pets is only a few clicks away.

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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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