Union Shop Apparel Inc. has been in business since 1996. We are located in Kansas City, Missouri, the heartland of the United States. We are a family owned business which is owned and operated by Robert E. Palmer and his son Sean Palmer. Robert Palmer served as a member of the Kansas City Fire Department for 30 years and served as Secretary-Treasurer of IAFF Local 42 from 1979 to 1984. In 1984 Robert Palmer was elected as the 2nd District Vice President of the IAFF and served proudly for 16 years. Robert E. Palmer was bestowed the honor of 2nd District Vice President Emeritus in 2000 by the delegates at Convention. Sean Palmer is currently a Fire Apparatus Operator with 24 years of service with the Kansas City Fire Department and is assigned to Truck 5.
Union Shop Apparel prides itself on only selling American and Canadian made apparel. All of our employees are proud union members of Local 820 IUPAT. Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within the United States that meets the criteria for using the IAFF Logo as determined by the Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention. Resolution 23: Our Good Name states the following:
This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.
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