Behold! Medieval Times Workers Score Second Organizing Victory

Behold! Medieval Times Workers Score Second Organizing Victory

Medieval Times, a family dinner theater, features staged medieval-style games, sword fighting, and jousting performed by a cast of 75 actors and 20 horses, held in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Each location of the organization is housed in a replica 11th-century castle.
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After months of delays and union-busting tactics from their employer, the workers at the Medieval Times castle in Buena Park, California, voted decisively last week to form a union with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).

This is the second group of workers to form a union at the dinner theater company after their counterparts in New Jersey successfully organized with AGVA in July. Medieval Times workers said they were motivated to organize in order to work under the protection of a collective bargaining agreement, which will achieve better working conditions, a safer work environment and wages commensurate with their skills.

“There was a dismissiveness and feeling that the company views us as replaceable and having a union really sets us apart and shows that…we take our jobs seriously and we want to be treated with the same respect,” Erin Zapcic (not pictured), a union organizer who performs as a queen in Buena Park, told NPR.

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 11/18/2022 – 10:28

Updated: November 25, 2022 — 3:25 pm