September 30, 2020

Lou Correa Urges Immediate Action Following Disney's Plan To Layoff 28,000 Workers

The Congressman Condemned Partisan Gridlock And Demanded Action For Working-Class Families

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Lou Correa urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass new legislation to help work-class families affected by the pandemic. The letter came in response to the announcement that the Walt Disney Company would layoff 28,000 American workers. Congressman Correa represents Anaheim, California, home to Disneyland, the largest employer within the district.

Rep. Lou Correa said, "The news that Disney plans to layoff 28,000 workers across the country is devastating for our community. Working-class families in our community have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as our economy continues to stumble, they will continue to struggle. These families need our help and deserve solutions now.

"I am working hard in Washington to bring federal resources back to our community. Our neighbors need our help now more than ever. That's why I'm fighting for funding for expanded unemployment benefits, food distribution, and other important programs that help struggling families. To abandon these workers because of partisan gridlock is inexcusable. We owe them answers right now."

See the letter.

Read the letter here.

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives 
Washington, D.C.

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

We all know that our economy is confronting the worst economic turndown since the Great Depression. Almost every sector of the economy has been impacted including theme parks. This is crucial for my working-class district in Orange County because Disneyland is the largest employer. CNBC reports that since the pandemic began, Disney lost $4.5 billion in operating income due to the closure in parks, hotels, and cruise lines, which is over a third of Disney’s business.

Yesterday, Disney announced that they would be laying off 28,000 theme park workers in the country-- 25 percent of its domestic resort workforce. The layoffs include executives and salaried workers but the bulk will be part-time employees.

Each weekend, I am with local community organizations helping to distribute boxes of food. People wait in line for hours. My constituents are struggling economically.

I support your efforts from the Heroes Act to the new stimulus package. I urge you to reach an agreement that will allow aid to our fellow Americans for unemployment benefits and food assistance programs.

Thank you for your consideration. 



J. Luis Correa
Member of Congress


Rep. Lou Correa represents California’s 46th Congressional District. He serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, and as the Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Read more here.