Disneyland Union to Protest Theme Park's 'Rapid' Reopening Plans

June 24, 2020

    Disneyland Resort employees are planning a protest in Anaheim, CA on Saturday in response to the health and safety of workers due to the park's reopening.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions sent a letter to Governor Newsom on June 17 expressing concern over the safety of workers and guests as the theme park plans its reopening.

    The CRLU comprises a dozen Disneyland unions, representing approximately 17,000 service members.

    In the letter the organization told Newsom, "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."

    In a June 10th press release announcing the theme park’s reopening, Disney said, “additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon."

    Starting 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' Facebook page.

    Dozens of union members had signed up to protest as of Wednesday morning.
    Disneyland Park has plans to reopen its doors to the public on July 17.

    It will be a phased reopening after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down amusement parks, malls, schools, businesses in March across Southern California.

    Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Additionally, the Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9.

    Meanwhile, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23.

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