And, in response, the Service Trades Council Union, which represents 43,000 Cast Members at Walt Disney World, has released a statement on their Twitter account.
“We were disappointed to learn that the Covid-19 crisis has led Disney to make the decision to layoff Cast Members,” they wrote. “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.”
Previously, Disney stated that 67% of the layoffs would affect part-time workers, and that they will be reducing the size of the Parks, Experiences, and Products division “across executive, salaried, and hourly roles.”
We’ve already seen some layoffs around Walt Disney World. The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra revealed their final performance will be on October 3rd, and Port Orleans — Riverside performer Yehaa Bob revealed he had been laid off.
As we hear more about the layoffs and their impact on Walt Disney World and Disneyland, we will give you more updates.