United Workers Call on ESPN Zone to Meet Face to Face with Workers


On July 1, in front of Baltimore’s shuttered ESPN Zone, former ESPN Zone workers, harbor workers, and allies, many of them members of NESRI partner the United Workers, gathered to call on ESPN Zone to resolve human rights abuses arising from the chain restaurant’s closure.  By failing to give workers 60 days notice prior to closing its doors and not providing an equitable compensation package, Disney-owned ESPN Zone violated international human rights norms and the principles underlying the federal WARN Act.  "They were just there to make money off us," said Leonard Gray, a former cook at ESPN Zone. “We were the backbone.  We made the ESPN how it is and how they got rid of us is real bad and I know they know that.  Don’t try to sugarcoat it.  We are human beings.  How are we going to live now?”