40,000 Walt Disney World Union Workers Will Be Furloughed on April 19

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that The Service Trades Council Union, which is a coalition of six locals, announced that Disney will furlough members as of April 19th, but they will ” provide free health care benefits for a year and extend other benefits, including its Aspire education program. About 200 union workers deemed essential will stay on the job.”

The Service Trades Council Union has members in a variety of positions at Walt Disney World including: theme park characters, custodians, ride attendants, housekeepers, lifeguards, bus drivers, entertainment technicials, vacation planners, and more. These workers make up more than half of the employees at Walt Disney World, which employs 77,000 people.

Florida has some of the lowest unemployment benefits at a maximum of $275 a week for most people. Some workers could get up to $600 a week in additional federal funds from the stimulus, but with people being added daily, one wonders how long all of that will last.

Hopefully it’s over sooner rather than later, but many are expecting this to last into early summer and possibly until August.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Pirates & Princesses (PNP) is an independent, opinionated fan-powered news blog that covers Disney and Universal Theme Parks, Themed Entertainment and related Pop Culture from a consumer's point of view. Opinions expressed by our contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of PNP, its editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. PNP is an unofficial news source and has no connection to The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal or any other company that we may cover.