Union objects to Disney warning actors about confidentiality

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at the premiere of World of Color water show at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, June 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The union representing actors who portray Mickey, Goofy and other characters at Walt Disney World says the company has warned they could get in trouble for revealing which animated figures they portray. And the union wants that to stop.

Teamsters Local 385 was filing a charge Friday with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging the company was committing an unfair labor practice. The union says the policy prevents actors from revealing in social media or to reporters which characters they play.

A Disney spokeswoman didn’t have immediate comment.

Union leader Donna Lynne-Dalton says the character actors were being asked to acknowledge the confidentiality policy, starting two weeks ago.

She says the confidentiality policy had been a subject of negotiations during past contract talks, but it failed.

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