The heroic workers at Walt Disney World deserve better – Orange County Register

Let’s hear it for the thousands of Disney and Universal employees in Florida who did heroic work during Hurricane Ian.

The deadly storm shut businesses across Florida and the Southeast, but theme park resorts kept their hotels open to accommodate tens of thousands of visitors stranded by Ian, as well as many evacuees from Florida’s Gulf Coast who made their way inland to see the relatives made to shelter Orlando security. That meant many of the Walt Disney World cast members and Universal Orlando team members had to stay at work tending to these guests.

At the same time, many other theme park employees stayed on site to work as ride-out crews, securing the parks for the coming storm and then getting them operational again once Ian was over.

When workers are on the job during a storm like Ian’s, it means they can’t be at home taking care of their belongings or loved ones. Thousands of hospitality workers, medical workers, utility workers and other first responders also remained on duty to protect Florida residents and the state’s guests during one of the most dangerous moments in the state’s history.

There will come a moment when Southern California workers will be asked to do the same when the state’s next, inevitable, major earthquake strikes. Just as millions of workers performed during the recent pandemic lockdowns for food, shelter, health care and other essential services.

For looking after us in our most fragile moments, these staff deserve far more than our thanks. They deserve the legal respect and financial security that the American working class has been denied for too long. The heroic workers at Walt Disney World deserve better – Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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