Planning a Summer Vacation—Make it Union!
Wherever you go for a summer vacation, your family is likely to enjoy the services of union members—getting you to your destination safely, on time and comfortably; preparing and delivering food, keeping you safe and entertaining you. Check out the Union Plus website (www.unionplus.org). Its travel and entertainment section offers exclusive discounts for union members.
When you take in a live performance, a concert or show, a major sporting event, stay in a comfortable hotel or take a meal in a classy restaurant…more than likely, union members will be part of the experience.
If you’re planning a family vacation, check the Union Label website (www.unionlabel.org) for hotels, airlines, rail service and highway
transportation available in the region you’ll be visiting. Most major U.S. airlines (with the exception of Jet Blue and Delta) are union front to back. Continental has union pilots, but other elements of the line are non-union. Amtrak passenger service is all union. Greyhound buses are operated and maintained by members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) which also represents the operators, drivers and support workers for the Metro (Washington) transit system.
Did you know that the most successful U.S. theme parks are staffed by thousands of union members?
Disney’s two major parks: Orlando and Anaheim employ some 36,000 union members from 18 different unions—including musicians, actors, stage hands, hotel and restaurant personnel from UNITE HERE, Teamsters and many more. Likewise, Sea World—which recently began a major expansion to double its size—employs thousands of union members who interact with the public as well as others responsible for the care and feeding of the park’s featured marine animals.
AFSCME represents thousands of municipal workers at city and state parks and zoos. U.S. Interior Department workers who staff federal parks and monuments are also union-represented—by NFFE, an affiliate of the IAM. AFGE represents many employees who build exhibits, conduct research and maintain the world renowned Smithsonian Institute Museum in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of employees working in Major League baseball stadiums are represented by several unions—including AFSCME, UNITE HERE and the Service Employees. The Actors’ Equity Association recently concluded a master agreement covering cast members working in smaller theme parks.