The Union Label and Services Trade Department (ULSTD) of the AFL-CIO promotes products created by union members by producing and distributing union labels, shop cards, and store cards. ULSTD also distributes newsletters to AFL-CIO members recommending the purchase of union-made products, organizes boycotts against union opponents, and informs members about union affairs.
Do Buy and Don’t Buy List
The Union Label and Services Trade Department produces a monthly “Do Buy” list of union-produced products from beer and pet food to Halloween supplies. In June 2021, the ULSTD released a list of endorsed U.S. National Parks that employ union members.  In 2018, the ULSTD released an app for tracing its approved products. 
Richard Kline has been the president of the Union Label and Services Trade Department since 2008. Kline rose through the ranks of union officeholding at first as a member of the American Federation of Teachers, and then the National Education Association, while also working in communications for the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union for 31 years. 
Non-Union Contractor Controversy
In February 1996, the Washington Post reported that the Union Label and Services Trade Department was using a non-union design studio to produce its monthly newsletter, which informed the AFL-CIO’s 13 million members which businesses to boycott for using non-union personnel. Then-ULSTD president Charlie Mercer said he was “embarrassed” by the revelation and attributed the oversight to a lack of unionization among designers.