Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

Disneyland Unions Plan Protest at Theme Park Over “Rapid Timetable” to Reopen

Unions representing Disneyland Resort employees have planned a protest caravan around the Anaheim theme park on Saturday to express their concern over health and safety as the destination plans to reopen next month. 

The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions sent an open letter dated June 17 to California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressing their concern for both workers and would-be park guests as Disney attempts to get state clearance for operation next month. 

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, the unions plan to protest via a caravan circling the resort “as an action to show our concerns regarding safety,” reads a message from the unions to members. As of Wednesday morning, at least 44 members were signed up to partake in the demonstration. An invitation for the protest was posted to the Facebook page of multiple unions. On at least one page, reaction among members was mixed, some sharing enthusiasm over the unions’ stance while others shared financial concern should the company in fact push the reopen date. An official request for comment from one of the unions was not immediately returned. 

Disney intends to reopen the Downtown shopping and dining district on July 9, while the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen July 23. Pending state and local government approval, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be opening July 17. The park, just like Florida’s Walt Disney World, has been shuttered since mid-March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The CRLU, which is made up of a dozen Disneyland unions, representing approximately 17,000 service members, told Newsom in the letter, “Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable.” 

Disney has shown no signs of altering its plans. 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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