By Patrick Eiding, President Philadelphia Council of Labor, AFL-CIO, and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411

As we approach the end of the year and take full advantage of the joyous holiday season, we can look back over the achievements of organized labor in our great city.

Philadelphia’s working people have won some landmark victories in 2017: after 4 years of bargaining, campaigning, and fighting off management’s attempts to impose a contract, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers won a new collective bargaining agreement with the School District of Philadelphia, and as a bonus the School Reform Commission voted to dissolve itself, to be replaced by our own, local Board of Education. Adjunct instructors at Temple University won their first union contract, as did RNs at Hahneman, Einstein, and St Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Unions in the building trades and the hospitality industry launched major pre-apprenticeship and training programs that will help young people in Philadelphia enter stable, skilled careers as union members.

December is the time to embrace all the wonder of winter. With the holidays upon us, the city becomes a wonderland where visitors and locals alike can enjoy all the season has to offer. Whether you are lacing up your ice skates for a glide in the Winter Waterfront, shopping at the Christmas Village in LOVE Park, enjoying a seasonal themed play or concert or taking in one of our world famous museums, it’s so easy to choose an activity that (like the events listed below) also supports good jobs and a strong middle class. While keeping up the holiday spirit, please also support the Ethical Consumer Movement by continuing to patronize employers who treat their workers fairly.

Happy Holidays!

The Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music
When: Now-Dec. 31
Where: 240 South Broad St. Philadelphia
What: The Philadelphia Ballet presents George Balanchine’s classic, complete with giant mice, dancing snowflakes, a growing Christmas tree, and an enchanted nutcracker all of which are sure to delight the inner child in everyone.
Union: IATSE
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A Very Philly Christmas December Drop In at Fairmount Park
When: now-Dec. 31
Where: Participating historic houses include Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford Mansion. All houses are located within East and West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.
What: “Drop in at the historic houses of Fairmount Park which will be decked out for the holidays. Learn interesting facts about each house and enjoy at a comfortable, relaxed pace. Union: AFSCME
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Skate With Santa at Delaware River Waterfront
When: Now-Jan. 21, 2018
Where: 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
What: Lace up those skates and snap a portrait on ice with Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Skating Santa. For a special photo on stable ground, you can plop down atop the giant Visit Philly chair for a photo that can feature the entire family.
Union: IATSE
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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Walnut Street Theater
When: Now-Dec. 17
Where: 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
What: The holiday classic comes to life as a radio play with five actors including an imaginative sound-effects artist. Down on his luck George Bailey gets some help from an angel who helps him embrace the spirit of the season.
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Holiday Garden Railway at the Morris Arboretum
When: Now-Dec. 31
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia
What: Amid the evergreens at the beautiful Morris Arboretum, the popular Holiday Garden Railway showcases a miniature winter wonderland complete with a quarter-mile of model-train track, seven loops and tunnels, 15 rail lines and model trains that cruise past scaled replicas of historic monuments and Philadelphia landmarks all adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Friday Night Lights provide evening viewings on select nights.

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