LOS ANGELES, July 2 – For the first time in their history, employees of the Pryo Technics Department of Disneyland (California) have requested union representation and chosen the IATSE as their bargaining unit.
After securing the majority of representation cards on behalf of the group, the IA made the demand for recognition from Disneyland in late March, 2007. In May, the company agreed to a third party card check on June 28. The count of authorization cards by a neutral third part was done, and the IA was determined to have the majority of representation of the unit.
The company has accepted the result and negotiations will most likely begin in late July to secure a collective bargaining agreement.
The unit is comprised of 30 individuals who perform the fireworks and other special effects work (such as Fantasmic Show) for the Disneyland Park. They will join IATSE Local 44.