FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Medieval Times Performers United California Organizing Committee, MTUnitedCA@gmail.com
Buena Park, Calif., July 22, 2022 – In the wake of a robust vote to unionize at the
Lyndhurst, New Jersey Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Castle just a week ago, the
knights, show cast, and stable hands at the Buena Park, California venue have thrown down
the gauntlet to do the same! Today, with a supermajority of support, this group of 50 employees - Medieval Times Performers United California - filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to be represented by the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).
The California organizing committee of Medieval Times Performers United released the following statement on their union organizing effort:
“In order to create a fairer, safer, and more enjoyable workplace, we also need to have a place at the table, with the American Guild of Variety Artists, and collaboratively can achieve improved safety protocols and working conditions, as well as wages commensurate with our skills.
Although the Buena Park Castle shares many of the same issues as the Lyndhurst, New Jersey Castle, our rigorous performance schedule - as many as 16 performances in one week - weighs heavily on a show team that has been critically understaffed since reopening post-pandemic in June 2021. Through collective bargaining, we can close the gap and ensure that all performers are safe from injury, including our spectacular horses."