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These Two Moms are Disney Housekeepers and UNITE HERE members: They’re Fighting for Their Jobs and Leaving a Legacy for Their Kids

Photo: Danielle Prieur

Disney World workers are responding to the news of a deal between their union and The Walt Disney Company.

More than 25,000 workers have been recalled to their jobs during Disney’s phased reopening. 

Carmen Arroyo is one of them. She is a full-time housekeeper at Walt Disney World, and she came to Florida from Puerto Rico.

Arroyo says the job is both security for her family and a legacy for her two kids. 

“I have to show them you cannot stay quiet. You have to fight for what you want, right? Not because I’m a housekeeper this is not an important position. We are hospitality, you know? I think that my legacy is to fight for what you want. It doesn’t matter what position you have.”

Part-time Walt Disney World housekeeper Belinda Hanzman is from Honduras. She said knowing that she will be recalled back when the company’s ready for her to work again is also a relief for her family. 

“Ten years from now I want my kids to talk about what we went through and we came up on top. Because I fought for them. So that’s what is my vision.”

Many Disney workers in Orlando have been furloughed since mid-March. 

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Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »