Disneyland just opened the flood gates to Downtown Disney — something numerous personnel there are unpleasant with at minimum amount … and deathly scared of at worst.
TMZ spoke to a pair various union honchos who have hundreds to thousands of associates functioning for the Mouse House during standard occasions — and they told us their rank and file will not feel safe and sound, and will not right until some essential demands are fulfilled.
Andrea Zinder — President of United Food stuff and Commercial Personnel Area 324 — states her union’s got about 250 cast members (Disney’s time period for employees) on the floor correct now in Downtown Disney, which just invited friends back again previous 7 days to reasonably disastrous outcomes — coronavirus-smart, in any case.
If you have not found some of the videos of the scene, there was virtually NO social distancing currently being enforced by any means in any range of suppliers that reopened. 1 constructive … most people were being wearing masks, but shoppers ended up working amok, ignoring symptoms calling for social distancing.
Andrea tells us this seemingly uncontrollable flood of website visitors — from all about the state — anxieties cast users, who say it truly is future to not possible to command the crowds. She suggests UFCW 324 has been inquiring for obligatory screening of employees, but Disney ain’t budging.
As a final result, she says she thinks the location is a breeding floor for illness, and hopes Gov. Gavin Newsom makes them near store entirely.
In truth, less than Newsom’s new purchase issued Monday … retail outlets will have to close, but dining establishments with out of doors seating — which is most in DD — can stay open up.
Austin Lynch, the Organizing Director of UNITE Right here Neighborhood 11 says the Downtown Disney reopening is a indication of how badly Disney’s jogging the show so significantly.
Most of his 3,000 union members provide foods in the park’s lodges and cafeterias, and he far too desires assured testing for them just before the theme park reopens … whenever that occurs.
A Disneyland official tells us, “To day, 20 union affiliate marketers have signed agreements that contain overall health and security steps this sort of as added ill shell out, minimized park ability and face coverings for attendees and solid members, allowing us to responsibly bring again our cast as quickly as probable.”
As for tests, Disney sent a letter to all of its unions very last thirty day period stating “COVID-19 screening is not viable as a screening resource” and instead urged solid associates to continue on hand washing, working with deal with coverings and distancing.
In that very same letter, though, Disney bragged this strategy authorized it to effectively reopen parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong. ICYMI … Hong Kong Disneyland is re-closing thanks to a surge of coronavirus cases.