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Holiday Spotlight: Make it Union in the Nation’s Capital

Holiday Spotlight: Make it Union in the Nation’s Capital

If it’s December in the nation’s capital, it means residents and visitors alike are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with family, friends and loved ones. But before we do, let’s take a moment to thank our Washington, D.C., 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, to workers at Reagan National and Dulles International airports joining the national Fight for $15, workers in the D.C. metro area have participated in dozens of actions in 2015.

We can all join 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. In that spirit, the Metro Washington Council and Labor 411 are proud to present a list of D.C. holiday activities and events that union workers make possible. Because together, our dollars can make sense.

1.  The National Christmas Tree

  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: 15th Street and 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20500
  • What: “Elegant, sparkling gold and silvery white colors highlight this year’s National Christmas Tree.”
  • Unions: National Treasury Employees Union; U.S. Park Police, Fraternal Order of Police

2. ICE! at Marriott’s Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

  • When: Nov. 21 – Jan. 3
  • Where: 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 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 Theatre

  • When: Nov. 19 – Dec. 31
  • Where: 511 10th 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: National Treasury Employees Union; U.S. Park Police, Fraternal Order of Police

4. “The Nutcracker” by The Washington Ballet at Warner Theatre

  • When: Dec. 3 – Dec. 27
  • Where: 513 13th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • What: “This celebrated production has become D.C.’s perennial holiday favorite! Set in historic Georgetown with historical figures and whimsical touches.”
  • Unions: American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, Theatrical Stage Employees, Musical Artists

5. ZooLights at the National Zoo

  • When: Nov. 27 – Jan. 2
  • 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.

Jos Williams is the president of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO, and Cherri Senders is the publisher of Labor 411.

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