Disney World offered 427 part-time Cast Members to switch to full-time status because those employees have worked enough hours during this past year to qualify as full-timers under the Affordable Care Act.
However the Service Trades Council said they are hesitant to accept the offer because it could mean elevating some employees over more-senior part-timers who have been waiting for full-time positions.
The 427 part-time workers in which Disney would make full-time represent only a small part of the huge resort’s part-time Cast Members.
Disney’s part-time Cast Members generally don’t work more than 25 hours a week, but they can pick up extra shifts. So some have been able to work more than 1,500 hours during the past year, which would define full time employment under The Affordable Care Act.
The union leaders say the trouble is that there are other part-time workers who have been with Disney for longer who have been waiting for full-time positions to open up. But those Cast Members may not necessarily have worked as many hours in the past year for many different reasons, including the fact that many part-time Disney workers have second jobs.
Ed Chambers, president of the Service Trades Council, said Disney management has characterized their offer as a “one-time deal” for the specific employees who worked more than 1,500 hours.
Worker hours aren’t the only issue Disney is dealing with because of health-care reform. The resort currently offers its part-time Cast Members only a very limited health insurance plan that will become illegal next year under Obamacare.
Regardless of how you feel about the health care issue, this is still a good thing.
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