I’m so happy to report that the Actors’ Equity Union and Disney have reached an agreement and those Cast Members can get back to work! As we know, the Cast Members make the parks and now they can get back to their lives.
Walt Disney World will provide an on-site COVID-19 testing center as requested by the union.
Here’s the statement from Disney:
“We have offered the location to help with community testing and any suggestion that this has been done as a result of any one union is unfounded. The Florida Division of Emergency Management will operate the location which is available to Cast Members and their immediate families as well as Florida residents. Our actions support all cast and our community at large.”
Actors’ Equity sent out this statement in a press release:
We have been consistent that testing is an important part of ensuring a safe workplace for Equity performers, and today, I’m pleased to see that Disney World has agreed,” said Kate Shindle, President of Actors’ Equity Association. “With the news that Disney will make testing available for Equity performers and others in the park, I’m happy to announce that Equity’s executive committee has signed a memorandum of understanding with Disney for Equity performers to return.”
Previously a group of Actors’ Equity Disney performers did a video talking about how Disney made them feel SAFE.
I’m glad they can all get to return to work soon!
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