[New York Times] By Day, a Sunny Smile for Disney Visitors. By Night, an Uneasy Sleep in a Car.


Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Credit Jae C. Hong/Associated Press


ANAHEIM, Calif. — On Disneyland’s Main Street, Emily Bertola spends hours working on her feet, embroidering names onto mouse ears at the Mad Hatter shop, where she has been an employee for the last two years. She usually offers visitors the sunny smile she was trained to give.

None of her customers know that for months, she slept in the back of her truck, showering at the park before her shift.

Her struggle is hardly unique to Disneyland.




Note: CLUE is supporting Disneyland workers as they prepare to seek a fairer contract with the company that will pay them a living wage. We will be taking part in actions and advocacy for a better contract.


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