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Holiday Spotlight—Spend a Union Holiday in the City of Angels

Despite a November election that has left the country bitterly divided, the 2016 holiday season is no occasion for bitterness. As we near the end of another successful year in the ongoing fight for better wages, hours and benefits, our dedicated union members in Los Angeles have reason for celebration. Highlights from 2016 include: More than 50,000 grocery store members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) reached a great new contract with their stores; the creation of the Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative; the passage of the affordable housing and local jobs ballot measure, Prop. JJJ; and citywide participation in the Day of Disruption, in support of union rights and a higher minimum wage for workers across a spectrum of industries. Whatever the season, we can count on LA’s unions to stay hawkish for positive change throughout the city and nationally.

There is nothing quite like the holidays in Southern California. As our notoriously warm weather cools, native Angelenos and visitors alike can look forward to a whole host of seasonal festivities. Whether it’s a visit to the zoo or a night out at the ballet, there’s plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit this year, all while supporting good local jobs.

The following events are proudly staffed by union members who are paid fair wages and treated ethically.

Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

  • When: Now to Jan. 8, 2017
  • Where: 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles
  • What: Stroll through a dazzling wonderland of lights before visiting with Santa and his reindeer at the Reindeer Village. Make antler arts and crafts with the little ones, participate in ice carvings, and enjoy holiday sing-alongs and more.
  • Unions: AFSCME, SEIU
  • More info: Click here.

Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • When: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Where: 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
  • What: Gather your friends and family to sing holiday favorites with the LA Philharmonic alongside the hall’s massive pipe organ and choir.
  • Unions: AFM, IATSE
  • More info: Click here.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

  • When: Now to Jan. 1, 2017
  • Where: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA
  • What: Visit Who-ville at Universal Studios, where you can snap a picture with the Grinch, enjoy story time with Cindy Lou Who, decorate ornaments and snag a peak of the real Who-ville set on the back lot.
  • Unions: UNITE HERE, IBT
  • More info: Click here.

"The Nutcracker" at UCLA

  • When: Dec. 16–18
  • Where: Royce Hall, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles
  • What: Presented by the award-winning Los Angeles Ballet, "The Nutcracker" is a holiday must see here in LA and the perfect way to usher in the season.
  • Unions: AFT, SMART, UNITE HERE
  • More info: Click here.

Holidays at Disneyland Parks

  • When: Now to Jan. 8, 2017
  • Where: 1313 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA
  • What: The Happiest Place on Earth is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holidays. Enjoy the festive décor, a Christmas Fantasy Parade complete with Santa and his sleigh, along with seasonal rides and attractions.
  • Unions: IAM, UFCW, UNITE HERE, IBT
  • More info: Click here.
This is a guest post by Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and Cherri Senders, president Labor 411.