Make it a Union-Friendly Holiday in the City of Angels

By  Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411

As we enter the holiday season and look back over the nearly concluded 2017, labor can take a lot of pride in what we have accomplished. Our ongoing fight for better wages, hours and benefits continues, and our committed LA union workers have joined their brothers and sisters in solidarity across a number of issues. We stood in opposition to President Trump’s executive orders involving immigration and the anticipated repeal of DACA. We participated in the Women’s and May Day Marches and helped defeat the disastrous anti-affordable housing bill, Measure S.

In addition, we graduated three cohorts from the Second Chance Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp, have seen the Los Angeles Times take the next step toward forming a union, and welcomed the expansion of Build Your Dreams (BYD)’s Lancaster factory, a move which will mean hundreds of more good union jobs for the city’s first union electric bus manufacturer. Whatever the season, we can count on LA’s unions to stay hawkish for positive change both throughout the city and nationally.

The holidays are always a joyous and festive time in Southern California. Our warm weather cools (at least a little), and both native Angelenos and visitors can look forward to a vast array of seasonal festivities. Whether your preference is live performance, theme parks, galleries or the outdoors, there are plenty of wonderful ways to usher in the holiday spirit, all while supporting good local jobs.

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

“A Christmas Carol” at A Noise Within
When: Now-Dec. 23
Where: 3352 Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
What: ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns! Who doesn’t love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge?
Union: AEA
More info: Click here

Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall
When: Dec. 16-23
Where: 111 S. Grand Ave., LA
What: The holidays will be awash with music at the glorious Disney Concert Hall with concerts including a Holiday Sing-Along, the Grammy-winning 12-man chorus, Chanticleer, a cappella sensations Naturally 7 and a sing-along screening of the beloved 1954 film classic “White Christmas.”
Union: IATSE
More info: Click here

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Rocks Tour at the Dolby Theatre
When: Dec. 16
Where: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
What: Three-time Grammy winner and former Stray Cat Brian Setzer swings into the Dolby with his 19-piece orchestra to whip up an evening of retro holiday cheer.
More info: Click here. 

“How the Princh Stole Christmas” at the El Portal Theatre
When: Dec. 21-31
Where: 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.
What: The zany Troubadour Theater Co. pays tribute to the Purple One himself as they send-up the music of Prince while mashing it with the story of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Seuss’ detestably fiendish hero, the Grinch, gets a makeover he won’t soon forget as he transforms from Green to Purple in this musical yuletide spoof.
More info: Click here. 

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain
When: Now through Dec. 31
Where: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
What: Six Flags Magic Mountain lights up the season. See the park transform into a magical winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, carolers, holiday entertainment, and your favorite thrilling rides.
More Info: Click here.

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