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Holiday Spotlight—Enjoy Union-Friendly Seasonal Activities in the City of Brotherly Love

As easy as it is to get caught up in gift giving and capitalism, the holiday season is also a time to look back at the achievements of organized labor in the continuing fight for workers’ rights. In 2016, Philadelphia witnessed massive gains for workers when the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the union representing nearly 5,000 workers finalized a new contract providing members wage increases and pension improvements. RNs at four area hospitals voted this year to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals—nurses at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and at Hahnemann University Hospital recently ratified their first union contracts, and RNs at Temple University Hospital ratified a strong new contract as well.

With the holidays in full swing in the City of Brotherly Love, there is time to play as well. As temperatures drop, the city is transformed into a picturesque winter wonderland where visitors and locals alike can enjoy all the season has to offer. Whether you are ice skating alongside the beautiful Delaware River or taking in a show at the iconic Walnut Street Theatre, there are countless ways to spread holiday cheer while at the same time enforcing the need for ethical consumerism and supporting good jobs. Let’s keep the momentum going by continuing to patronize union employers. Visit any of the following events staffed by union employees who are paid fair wages and treated ethically.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet

When: Now–Dec. 31, 2016

Where: The Academy of Music, 1420 Locust St., Philadelphia

What: “Be swept away to the magical Land of the Sweets as Tchaikovsky's iconic score pairs with lavish sets, opulent costumes and the enchanting performances of the dancers.”

Union: IATSE

Website: paballet.org

Celebrate the Holidays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When: Now–Jan. 1, 2017

Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

What: “Programs throughout December will add sparkle and shine to your calendar this magical season.”

Union: IATSE

Website: philamuseum.org

A Very Philly Christmas at Fairmount Park

When: December 2016

Where: 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia

What: “This Philadelphia holiday tradition will feature six of the park’s treasured historic houses—Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford—each decked out in the season’s finest.”

Union: AFSCME

Website: holidaysinthepark.com

A Christmas Carol at the Walnut Street Theatre

When: Dec. 3–23

Where: 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

What: “Filled with joy and laughter, whimsical spirits and timeless carols, the musical has become a Philadelphia tradition for families and school groups across the Delaware Valley.”

Union: IATSE

Website: walnutstreettheatre.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at the Delaware River Waterfront

When: Now–March 5, 2017

Where: Market Street and Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

What: “A cold-weather version of the roller-skating oasis Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestically lit holiday tree (more than 100,000 LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.”

Union: IATSE

Website: delawareriverwaterfront.com