Union Fun in the Summer Sun
From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Disney World, union protections are helping the workers who help Americans have fun.
Theme parks, museums, zoos — even beaches — are brought to you by union labor.
Did you know that some of America’s best places to visit are some of this country’s best places to work as well?
From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Disney World, union protections are helping the workers who help Americans have fun. Even such off-the-beaten-track spots as the Hershey Chocolate Factory, the workshops of Steuben Glass and the birthplace of the Louisville Slugger are brought to you by union labor.
This summer, why not plan to visit one of the vacation destinations — and union sites — listed here? Call ahead to find out about tour hours.
And AFSCME members can take advantage of special travel discounts — so don’t leave home without your union card!
Take a Hike
At the Grand Canyon, Mother Nature gets a helping hand from members of the National Federa-tion of Federal Employees. If you visit Mount Rushmore, The Alamo or Crater Lake you’ll find unionized employees of the National Park Service. They are represented by a variety of unions, from the Electrical Workers and Plumbers to the American Federation of Government Employees. Workers in many state parks are unionized, too. In Minnesota, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Alaska and Nebraska — to name a few — they are represented by AFSCME. For information on the National Park Service, contact (202) 208-4747.
It’s a Zoo!
In the mood to take a walk on the wild side? AFSCME members work to keep residents and visitors happy at the Milwaukee Zoo (414) 771-3040; the Philadelphia Zoo (215) 243-1100; the Honolulu Zoo (808) 971-7171; the Toledo Zoo (419) 385-4040; and five zoos in New York City, including the famous Bronx Zoo (718) 367-1010. Union labor is also at work at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (202) 673-4800.
If you have a hunger for masterpieces then you’ll want to dine in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (212) 535-7710, where you’ll be served by members of the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers Union. And you’ll be in safe hands, too, because museum guards and technicians belong to AFSCME Local 1503 (D.C. 37). Museum workers in a number of cities also wear a union label — like those who work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (202) 357-1300.
You’re looking for more action on your vacation? Get into the swim on the beaches of Waikiki or on other public beaches in Hawaii, California or parts of Florida, and chances are you will be protected by an AFSCME lifeguard. Call the tourist bureaus in Hawaii (808) 923-1811, California (800) 862-2543, or Florida (904) 487-1462.
Show Me the Money!
You can show your kids that money doesn’t grow on trees with a visit to The Mint in Denver or Philadelphia. In Denver, some 32 million coins roll off the mills every day. American Federation of Government Employees’ members punch out the coins which emerge like cookies from a cookie cutter. For more information on Denver, call (303) 844-3582. For Philadelphia, call (215) 597-3519. There are no tours in San Francisco.
Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., to see where the big bucks are printed. Members of the Typographical Union (now part of the Communications Workers of America) run the presses that keep the country in money. Since the bills are made of paper, maybe you could say they did grow on trees. Call (202) 874-3019 for details.
Rock and Roll Heaven
Cleveland says "Hail, hail Rock and Roll!" in its new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not only are its workers unionized — Theatrical and Stage Employees — they wear uniforms made by members of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). Call (216) 781-7625 for information.
Satisfy your sweet tooth while you take a 45-minute tour of the Oakland, Calif., Hershey Factory where workers belong to the Teamsters union. For details, call (209) 848-8126. There is no factory tour at the company’s Hershey, Pa., headquarters — whose workers are represented by the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers — but there is Chocolate World where families can learn how their candy bars are produced. Call (800) HERSHEY.
Ever wonder what it takes to build a motorcycle? If you take the 90-minute tour of the York, Pa., Harley-Davidson factory you can watch as Machinists put Harleys together from front wheel to taillight. There are no tours from the end of June through July when the model line is being changed. For information, call (717) 848-1177.
Bet you didn’t know that Hillerich & Bradsby makes the Louisville Slugger — or that the workers there are Steelworkers. This is the world’s oldest and largest baseball bat manufacturer, making 1.4 million bats a year from the wood of 40,000 ash trees. The factory is located just outside — you guessed it — Louisville, Ky. Call (502) 585-5226.
More than 100 years ago, Yorkshiremen brought their knowledge of weaving to Oregon. Today at two Pendleton Woolen Mills you can watch as members of UNITE make woolen fabrics much as they were crafted a century ago. For information on tours at the original mill in Pendleton, Ore., call (541) 276-6911. The number for the Washougal, Wash., mill is (360) 835-1118. And save some money for the factory store.
Take your family to see a steel mill and its Steelworkers members in action at LTV Steel Company’s East Chicago, Ind., plant. Tours are limited — the third Thursday of the month — and reservations are required. Call (219) 391-2226.
You’ve seen the commercials with all the friendly Auto Workers. Now you can see them in person at the Saturn factory in Spring Hill, Tenn. — and watch how the Saturn is made. It will give the kids more respect for the old jalopy. Call (615) 486-5736 for details.
This tour is an educational experience. For about the price of a movie, your family can visit three different attractions in Corning, N.Y.: the Corning Museum of Glass, the Hall of Science and Industry, and the Steuben Factory. Members of the American Flint Glass Workers turn molten globs into Steuben crystal as you watch. Call guest relations (607) 974-2000.
There are free 90-minute tours of the Boeing Company in Everett, Wash. — the world’s largest manufacturing facility. Watch as Machinists put together the 6 million parts that go into a Boeing 747. Children under 10 are not permitted. Call (800) 464-1476 for details.
Even if watching beer being produced is not your cup of tea, visiting the beautiful Clydesdale horses at the Anheuser-Busch brewery will make this tour worth the trip. Here are two of the company’s many facilities: Merrimack, N.H. (603) 595-1202 and St. Louis, Mo. (314) 577-2626.
The end of a long day, and you’re luxuriating in a hot tub. Do you ever wonder how that tub was made? You can find out with a 2½-hour tour of the Kohler Design Center just outside Milwaukee. You’ll see UAW members doing much of the work by hand. Call (414) 457-3699 to make a reservation.
A Goofy Time
There is one company where union workers truly are involved in a Mickey Mouse operation. You guessed it! Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Teamsters staff the Disney theme parks. AFSCME members can enjoy a special discount in the parks.
Whether it’s Paul Bunyan, Mother Jones or John Henry, as you travel the country you’ll find monuments large and small dedicated to workers and their unions. The Labor Heritage Foundation compiled a list of many important labor sites featured in the spring 1995 edition of Labor’s Heritage magazine. It is available for $6 from the Labor Heritage Foundation, George Meany Center for Labor Studies, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20903; (301) 431-5457.
When you visit a unionized workplace this summer — whether it’s a beach or a theme park, a zoo or a factory — you’re not only having fun, you’re supporting your labor brothers and sisters as well.
By Susan Ellen Holleran
AFSCME Member Discounts
Your AFSCME membership card can help you save money — and have more fun — on your vacation. Here are some ways.
Theme Park Discounts
Theme parks are among America’s most popular vacation destinations. AFSCME members can get special discounts on admissions and purchases. For information, write to: Theme Park Discounts, c/o AFSCME Department of Research and Collective Bargaining Services, 1625 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-5687. Or call (800) 238-2539; TTY (800) 318-2174.
AFSCME membership gets you discounts through the Magic Kingdom Club, including admissions, purchases at Disney stores nationwide and Disney catalog sales. There are also special AFSCME-member rates for the Hotel Royal Plaza near Orlando, Fla. Call (800) 248-7890 and ask for the special union rate.
Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks
Seasonal discounts are available for Busch Gardens, Sea World, Sesame Place, Adventure Island, Cypress Gardens and Water Country USA. You can also get discounts on purchases within the theme parks.
Discounts through the Fan Club include admissions to Universal Studios and purchases inside as well as discounts on stays at select hotels near Universal Studios locations.
Six Flags Parks
Discounts are available on daily admissions, and tickets may be interchanged between parks.
Help on the Road
Hertz Car Rental Discounts
You can save up to 20 percent on daily member benefit rates; 5 percent off leisure daily, weekly and weekend rates. Coupons are available for savings on weekly rentals and upgrades. Plus there are discounts on reservations made using the AFSCME Advantage MasterCard. For reservations, call: (800) 654-2200 and use the ID #205666.
AFSCME Advantage Union Driver & Traveler
This service offers cash-back rebates on commissionable air and train travel, hotel/motel and car rental arrangements. You’ll also have access to a toll-free hotline with discounts on short-notice vacation packages. The program also offers emergency roadside service and towing, car repair discounts and computerized trip routings featuring unionized hotels along the way. The service is available to AFSCME members for $49.95 a year and includes spouse and children who live at home. For more information, call (800) 547-4663; TTY (800) 747-2128.
AFSCME Advantage Credit Card
The AFSCME Advantage Credit Card has a low interest rate and no annual fee. Using your card with some of the programs above adds to available discounts. There is also a special secured card to help families establish or rebuild their credit. To apply, call (800) 522-4000; TTY (800) 655-9392.