About 325 union members and supporters protested in the Disneyland area about hotel employees’ ongoing contract dispute with Disney.
About 2,100 Disney hotel employees have worked without a contract for about two and a half years — a time period marked by dozens of protests, a one-day strike, walkouts, a week-long hunger strike and arrests. On Monday, union members from other Disney-area venues joined the protest as a way to send a message to their employers to avoid such turmoil during contract negotiations.
Together, the protesters were supposed to represent about 5,000 union members in the resort area.
“It is unfortunate that (the union) continues to focus its energy on protesting rather ensuring its members have the security of a contract,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, in a prepared statement before the protest.
Monday’s protest coincided with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities, which are expected to draw about 200,000 people to the Disney area through Tuesday.
Some protesters wore Mickey Mouse masks with black eyes to represent that Disney is the black eye of Anaheim, said Leigh Shelton, a spokeswoman for the hotel union, Unite Here Local 11. Protests began in front of the Anaheim Convention Center and Paradise Pier Hotel in the Disneyland Resort then moved along Harbor Boulevard.
“We’re asking the other tourism employers to treat workers fairly and not be like Disney,” Shelton said.
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