Disney Parks, Experience and Products Division announced this week that 28,000 employees would be placed at Disneyland, Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering and the company’s cruise line, travel planning, retail, gaming and publishing divisions.
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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure closed in mid-March and remained closed while they waited for directions from the state to reopen safely. Disney theme parks in China, France, Japan and Florida have reopened with an expanded capacity limit after an extended coronavirus closure.
“We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived, and that we would recover quickly and return to normalcy,” Disney Park owner Josh DiMaro said in a letter to employees. “Seven months later, we find that has not been the case.”
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An exact count of layoffs at the Disneyland resort is not yet available, but an initial estimate puts the workforce of more than 5,000, known as cast members at Disney Parlance. This number is expected to increase.
Notifications of layoffs have begun to be issued to non-union, salaried and executive Disneyland employees – including some who have worked at the park for decades.
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Unions representing a vast majority of Disneyland cast members are currently assessing mass layoffs that would affect their members. Disneyland Union employees make up at least 28,000 members of the 32,000 cast at the two Anaheim theme parks.
Workers United Local 50 expects 2,500 of its 7,850 Disneyland food and beverage items to be closed.
Workers United Local 50 president Chris Duterte wrote on the union’s Facebook page, “There’s a lot of information we don’t know right now and is scheduled to have a meeting with Disney in the coming days and more information about the implications and bargaining Huh.” “Here’s what we now know: Who will actually be subject to layoffs is still to be determined. Contracts and bargaining will determine this.”
Here Unite expects about 3,000 of the 11 local 3,000 Disneyland artists they represent – many of them hotel employees.
“The union will engage in bargains with the company on issues including job security and healthcare coverage,” Unity Hear said in a statement.
The layoffs of union members are expected to be effective. 1. Union technicians for sound technicians, stagehanders, shoppers, and other jobs at Disneyland and DCA are in the process of holding meetings, to discuss how the layoffs will affect their members.
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Disney announced 2,765 non-union layoffs in California as part of the COVID-19 pandemic continued as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act known as the Worn Act.
Disney made the WARN Act notification in four separate filings on Tuesday, September 30. It is unknown if more notifications are to be followed.
The WARN Act layoffs – mostly in Anaheim – include 2,050 employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, 129 who work for Disney Entertainment Productions, 95 at Disney Destinations and 74 at the Walt Disney Travel Company.
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In Florida, 6,700 non-union Disney World employees are expected to be appointed in December, according to the Orlando Sentinel.