Due to the impact of COVID-19, Disney is laying off 28,000 cast members. According to the Orlando Sentinel, about 6,700 Walt Disney World non-union employees will be losing their jobs in December. The Walt Disney Company gave notice to the State of Florida shortly after announcing the massive layoffs.
When making the announcement, the Disney company didn’t immediately release details about who was affected. But they did confirm it would be members of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division. The plan to lay off 28,000 U.S. employees covers the theme parks, Imagineering and Disney Cruiseline.
The notice to the state is the first indicator of how many Orlando employees are affected. The layoffs begin December 4, 2020.
STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE TRADES COUNCIL UNION REGARDING LAYOFFS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
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.
— UNITE HERE! Local 362 (@UNITEHERE_CFL) September 29, 2020
Several of the unions who represent Disney World employees said Tuesday they are in discussions with the company to determine details of the layoffs.
Disney stores across the country have also been permanently closing. Disney’s theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan, and Hong Kong have all reopened with limited capacity and updated safety measures. Disney’s theme parks in California, however, are still closed with no sign of reopening soon
This is heartbreaking news for Disney cast members and fans alike. We will continue to update if and when more information is released!
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