By Tim Paulson, Executive Director San Francisco Labor Council and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411

As we digest the bitter national election, we must acknowledge that the holidays are here, and Bay Area residents have more than earned the opportunity to enjoy the yuletide spirit.

By Kelly Ross

Every year San Francisco is host to one of the largest celebrations of labor around – Laborfest! The month-long festival began on July 5 – the anniversary of “Bloody Thursday,” the 1934 incident that gave way to the San Francisco General Strike that shut down the entire city and inspired thousands of skilled trades workers to join the labor movement – and runs through the end of the month.

By Sandy Southivilay

Valentines’ Day is near and you should already be planning what to do with your special someone. There’s no shortage of fun things to do when living in San Francisco. In fact, there is so much to do that we’ve narrowed it down to the top 3 romantic date spots to take your special someone. Whether you’re taking a stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge or having a nice, quiet dinner at one of our preferred union restaurants, rejoice in the time you’re spending with your special date and do so supporting good jobs and wages.

By Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, Publisher of Labor 411

As we enter the home stretch of the holiday season, there’s a whole lot of ways for thoughtful San Francisco residents and visitors to have fun while making their communities better than battling fellow shoppers for those desperate last-minute gifts. Whether it’s visiting the theater, the zoo, or even Six Flags, visitors and residents to the City by the Bay have plenty of opportunities to support good, local jobs while having fun over the holidays.

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If you are in the City by the Bay and in need of some entertainment look no further. Spend your day enjoying any one of these fun union locations.

1. AT&T Park
Enjoy some peanuts and Cracker Jack while you take in a ball game at AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

By Shelly Lurie

Mollie Stone’s is an institution in the Bay Area for foodies. With nine locations that boast some of the best, freshest local produce along with a host of natural products, this small chain of family-owned markets is the go-to place for healthy gourmands. But they also have every-day groceries so it’s a one-stop shop for everything from fresh fruit to deli meat to milk.

By Shelly Lurie

If you plan on visiting the City by the Bay, Ghirardelli Square needs to be on your list of places to visit.

Today, Ghirardelli Square is known for housing an array of upscale shops, fine dining, wine bars, spa facilities and, of course, the infamous Ghirardelli Original Chocolate Manufactory & Ghirardelli Chocolate Marketplace. Located on the beautiful San Francisco Bay just west of Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s already an ideal spot to check out. But, the history of Ghirardelli Square and the ice cream sundaes are why we’re recommending you pay this place a visit. Be forewarned: This destination is heaven for those with a sweet tooth.