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City Spotlight: Washington DC

By Jos Williams, President of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, Publisher of Labor 411

If it’s December in the nation’s capital, it must mean residents and visitors alike are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with family, friends and loved ones. But first, let’s be sure take a moment to thank our Washington, DC union brothers and sisters on the front lines fighting for better wages, hours, and benefits for all of us.

And what a difference they’re making. From retail workers protesting against Walmart’s low wages or workers at National and Dulles International airports joining the national “fight for $15,” workers in the D.C. metro area have been participating in dozens of actions throughout 2015.

We can all join in the fight for a stronger middle class this holiday season. How? Every time we open our wallet, we can choose to spend our money supporting good employers who treat their workers well. With that spirit in mind, the Metro Washington Council and Labor 411 are proud to present a list of DC holiday activities and events that union workers make possible. Because together, our dollars can make sense.

1. The National Christmas Tree
• When: Ongoing
• Where: 15 and 17 Street NW, Washington, DC 20500
• What: “Elegant, sparkling gold and silvery white colors highlight this year’s National Christmas Tree.”
• Unions: NTEU, USPPFOP

2. ICE! at the Marriott’s Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
• When: November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016
• Where: 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland 20745
• What: “Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of the classic television special, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.”
• Union: UNITE HERE

3. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater
• When: November 19, 2015 - December 31, 2015
• Where: 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, DC 20004
• What: “Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.”
• Unions: NTEU, USPPFOP

4. The Nutcracker by the Washington Ballet at the Warner Theater
• When: December 3, 2015  - December 27, 2015
• Where: 513 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
• What: “This celebrated production has become DC’s perennial holiday favorite! Set in historic Georgetown with historical figures and whimsical touches.”
• Unions: AFM, IATSE, AGMA

5. Washington Chorus - A Candlelight Christmas at the Kennedy Center
• When: December 13, 2015 – December 22, 2015
• Where: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
• What: “This beloved holiday event features Christmas classics, sing-alongs, the 200-voice chorus, and the enchanting candlelight processional.”
• Unions: AFGE, AFM, IATSE, UNITE HERE, AGMA

6. Zoolights at the National Zoo
• When: December 27, 2015 – January 2, 2016
• Where: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
• What: “Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free 34-day event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.”
• Union: AFGE

For more union gift ideas this holiday season, click here.

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