Unionwear- Union Made Customized Hats, Bags & Apparel




Unionwear (aka UnionSpecialties) is the single most dynamic and innovative concept in the Union manufacturing marketplace.  Owned by New Jersey Headwear Corporation, Unionwear was founded in 1992 by President Mitch Cahn as a manufacturer of union label apparel, including hats and shirts, to be promoted to unions, political campaigns, government agencies and socially responsible organizations. The company‚Äôs products, which also include a recently established line of custom bags and embroidery, are available only through a national network of Unionwear distributors.

Mr. Cahn, whose company has 100 employees and annual sales of $6.0 million, first encountered Lean Manufacturing (through NJMEP) when he attended a public Principles of Lean Workshop at NJIT in December 2005. An NJMEP field agent subsequently prepared a QuickView Assessment and a Lean Opportunity Assessment. These undertakings led to a number of relevant observations and raised pertinent questions and concerns, including excessive idle time during embroidery setup; a deficiency in communicating company goals and expectations to most employees; a flawed production and inspection process, leading to non-conforming products and non-value-added work; an absence of visual signs of any TPM programs; and a lack of accountability for product quality non-conformance.  (read more ...)

Click the links below to view Unionwear products:

Hats Bags Work Apparel
Structures and unstructured hats, visors, yarmulkes, cadet hats and more Duffel bags, totes, backpacks, attaches, computer bags, laundry bags and more Hi Vis vests, attaches, scrub tops, aprons and more


The union label is a badge of quality, workplace justice, and living wage. Join unions, political campaigns, government agencies, and socially responsible organizations in ensuring that your logo only appears on union and American made custom logo merchandise.
We are able to customize the above products utilizing 100% organic cotton, recycled canvas, poly blend, or hemp fabrics.

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Unionwear in the Community

Hey! Make sure and check out "Do the Math," Unionwear owner Mitch Cahn's column on our blog, where he demonstrates mathematically that "happy workers are good workers." 

Unionwear also produces our favorite product.  The Ethix Baby OnePieceClick here for more information.

Also check out the latest lean manufacturing facility that Unionwear opened in New Bedford, MA:
Unionwear was founded in 1992 to promote union label wearables to unions, political campaigns, government agencies, and socially responsible organizations.  Our factories include Workers United hat and bag factories and embroidery shops, a GCIU screen printer, and UFCW T-Shirt, Polo shirt, Sweat shirt and Outerwear factories.
Read Mitch Cahn's Testimony on Capital Hill in Washington DC. at Sweatfree Communities Policy Forum: STRENGTHENING CORE LABOR STANDARDS THROUGH PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REFORM.