Resort Labor Unions write letter to Governor Newsom asking him to reopen Disneyland

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The Disneyland Resort is still waiting for California to issue theme park reopening guidelines so its parks can reopen. Now the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions, which represents thousands of Disneyland Cast Members, has sent a letter to Governor Newsom regarding theme park reopening guidelines.

The letter urges the California governor to have his task force meet with the coalition in efforts moving towards the reopening process. See the full letter below:

“Dear Governor Newsom,

The undersigned Unions at the Disneyland Resort want to thank you for your leadership on the COVID-19 crisis. We believe the measures you have taken have saved thousands of lives among our membership and the general public. We appreciate the difficulty you face as you weigh getting people back to work along with ensuring their safety. With that in mind, we offer our observations on Resort safety conditions.

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 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.

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.We understand that you have created a taskforce to gather information that would inform the State’s reopening guidelines for theme parks. It is understood that this taskforce visited opened theme parks in other states and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. We strongly urge you to direct the taskforce to meet with us, the representatives of the resort workers, as part of this process. 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.”

Eight union representatives signed the letter.
President Worker of the United Local 50 union, Christ Duarte, had this to say: “We are proud of the significant strides made in ensuring cast member and guest safety in partnership with Disney over the last few weeks.”
Most of the unions representing Disneyland Cast Members have reached an agreement with Disney regarding Cast Members returning to work.
Stay tunes for more information regarding The reopening of Disneyland and other California theme parks.