Seven Unions Endorse Disneyland Reopening Measures
Disneyland unions want to go back to work…
This weekend, Disneyland received another vote of confidence from workers from the resort.
The same group that was vocal about their desire to push back opening in June, endorsed The Walt Disney Company’s plans to put the park back in motion.
Disneyland Unions Want To Open
The unions (Workers United Local 50, UFCW 324, I.A.T.S.E 504, BCTGM Local 83, I.E.S.A, AFM Local 7 and UNITE HERE Local 11) previously told Newsom they were not satisfied with Disney’s initial health and safety measures, but changes were put in place to their satisfaction.
“We wrote you in June 2020 to tell you that we were not yet convinced that it was safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s timetable. Since then, Disney has taken safety measures we advocated, and engaged with their workers’ representatives, that our original position has changed,” the unions’ letter reads. “The company has provided detail on serious measures to protect workers via social distancing, providing PPE, addressing ventilation, and more. Most recently, the company unveiled a testing program, something we highlighted in our last letter to you.”
Disney has agreements in place with unions covering 90 percent of its represented employees, a spokesperson said, adding that protocols have been successfully implemented at reopened parks around the world, including at Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney.
Working To Get Back To Work At Disneyland
The Walt Disney Company and, most specifically, the Disneyland Resort, would like to open using similar techniques to those used at Walt Disney World in Florida.
However, the State of California, as led by Gov. Gavin Newsom, remain incredibly deliberate in regard to easing restrictions.
More recently, the governor looked to learn as much as possible about Disney’s plans to reopen in Anaheim. California also sent a team to Walt Disney World to gather information.
Meanwhile, the Disneyland Unions’ letter explained:
“In consideration of all the aforementioned, we believe a path exists where Disneyland would be able to open safely when Orange County moves into the Orange tier… In our view, the effectiveness of public health agencies in addressing COVID-19 would benefit from coordination with worker representatives like ours that have practical knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges of addressing exposure risks. The guidelines will be safer and more effective with our input.”
An Update Expected Soon
The Hollywood Reporter added that California theme park guidelines are expected on Tuesday.