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Disneyland character actors and parade performers in California have voted to join a labor union

Visitors follow Mickey Mouse for photos at Disneyland (Via Ben Myers/Shutterstock)

Performers at Disneyland who bring characters like Mickey Mouse and Cinderella to life in Southern California have decided to form a union after a three-day voting process that ended on Saturday.

The Actors’ Equity Association announced on Saturday that workers in the parade and character departments at Disney’s Los Angeles-area theme parks voted overwhelmingly for the union. About 1,700 employees participated in the vote, with 78.7% in favor and 21.3% against.

Kate Shindle, President of the Actors’ Equity Association, celebrated the decision, stating that Disneyland is known as a place where dreams come true, and for these workers, unionizing was a dream come true.

Security cameras (Via Matt Brown/Shutterstock)

She emphasized that these workers are crucial to the guest experience at Disneyland and highlighted their priorities for discussions with Disney, including health and safety improvements, wages, benefits, working conditions, and job security.

The union already represents theatrical performers at Disney’s Florida parks. Once the election results are certified by the National Labor Relations Board, negotiations will begin.

Workers who supported unionizing expressed their dedication to creating magical experiences at Disneyland but had concerns about health risks during the pandemic and issues like injuries from costumes and unpredictable work schedules.

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