Disneyland character, parade performers union voting begins at Disneyland Resort

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Disneyland cast members, particularly those working in the resort’s Characters and Parades departments, can vote on whether to unionize starting today.

Voting will take place at various locations at the Disneyland Resort until May 18.

Voting results are expected to be announced on Saturday.

In February, cast members in the departments announced their intent to unionize with the Actors’ Equity Association, also known as Equity.

During that time, cast members who work in the departments began circulating union authorization cards to 1,700 of their colleagues. The group is known as “Magic United.

The concerns among cast members noted in a statement revolve around “safe and sanitary workplace conditions, a fair wage and more transparency in scheduling and rehiring decisions.”

“When we can speak with a collective voice, we can have a clearer, more productive conversation with our employer. Ultimately, this will result in a better experience for all – Cast Members, managers and more importantly, our guests,” leaders of Magic United said in a statement.

Other departments around the Disneyland Resort, like food and beverage, have also unionized. Character and Parade cast members at Walt Disney World in Florida have been unionized since the early 1980s.

More information on the group, including voting locations, can be found here.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.