Despite the lack of formal guidance from the state, Disney appears to be preparing for an eventual reopening with the installation of more health and safety signs, and, now, agreements with certain unions.
And last week we learned that Disney would be asking some of its equity performers to return soon to begin rehearsals.
A few days ago, Disneyland started recalling its Cast Members. In the days since then, the reopening of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and the Disneyland hotels have been postponed.
But many workers who have been furloughed since mid-April are concerned about returning to parks while cases in California are on the rise.
At first, we were a little confused why Epcot was recalling its Festival food handlers — which, of course, we later found out only hours later was because Food and Wine Festival was returning on July 15th! And now we’ve just learned some of Disney World’s equity performers are being asked back.
According to a recent post on Unite Here Local 737’s Facebook page, we now know Disney has started calling even more Cast Members to return to work at Disney World’s theme parks and resorts.
These Cast Members will join the union members Disney called back earlier this month in preparation for the select Disney World Resort hotels that are reopening June 22nd.
Earlier we reported some union Cast Members from Disney World’s hotels and theme parks were being called back to resume working as early as June 14th, and know we can provide you with a few more updates!
According to a recent post on Unite Here Local 737 union’s Facebook page, we now know a few more food and beverage locations that have started calling back their full-time Cast Members as Disney World gets ready for its big reopening!
While guests can expect dining, shopping, and waiting in line to look different, a reported new union agreement suggests that World Showcase could have a BIG change as well.
Now that select Cast Members are being called back to work after being temporarily furloughed for Disney Springs’ phased reopening scheduled for May 20th, one of the largest unions at Disney World has just reached an agreement about paid time off.
First reported by the Orlando Sentinel, the Service Trades Council Union, which represents 43,000 Disney employees, has secured paid sick leave for its members should they become ill and need to quarantine themselves.