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By Patrick Eiding and Cherri Senders

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 up 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-December 31, 2016
Where:  The Academy of Music 1420 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
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

Holiday Concerts at the Philadelphia Orchestra
When: December 5- December 20
Where: One South Broad Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
What: “Capture the spirit of the holidays with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s beloved concerts and timeless traditions”
Union: IBT; AFM
Website: philorch.org

Celebrate the Holidays Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: Now- January 1, 2017
Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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, PA 19130
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: December 3-December 23
Where: 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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, PA 19106
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 (over 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

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