Yesterday the news dropped that Disney intends to layoff about 28,000 people. Today the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that of those being laid off in Florida 6,700 are non-union employees according to what Disney filed with the state. Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, Josh D’Amaro indicated that of the layoffs about 67% would be part-time employees.
The bit of good news is that the layoffs don’t take effect until December 4. This gives those employees a bit of time to attempt to find something else, but right now Florida isn’t exactly overflowing with jobs opportunities as a lot of the tourist areas are facing looming unemployment rates.
As far as union employees, the unions have been informing their members that they are in talks with Disney now to see where their people stand.
The Service Trades Council Union had posted this according to WDWNT:
“The 6 unions of the STCU represent 43,000 Cast Members at Walt Disney World.
We were disappointed to learn that the Covid-19 crisis has led Disney to make the decision to layoff Cast Members.
Unlike at the other theme parks and hotels in Central Florida, Disney workers have a voice at the table because of our Union. We have begun negotiations with the Company about this news and its impact to Union members.
How many full-time and part-time Cast Members will be affected, how long health insurance and recall rights will continue and many other issues crucial to Cast Members are on the table.
As soon as more information becomes available, we will notify our members.”
As time goes on I’m sure we will get a clearer picture of how many Walt Disney World Cast Members will be impacted by the layoffs, but as of now we know that almost 7,000 non-union Cast Members will be let go. We still don’t know much about Disneyland, but I think they may get a larger hit as the state still has Disneyland and other sectors shut down.
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