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    We have several Disney threads, most deal with contracts and other union issues. This is an update on current operations over the next 2 weeks at all Disney owned properties.

    Disney Update for Teamsters
    Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World resort in Florida will remain closed until further notice as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, the company recently announced. This is the first time in Disney history that all of their parks worldwide are closed.

    Disney has promised to continue paying furloughed cast members, including Teamsters, through April 18 and has not yet announced what will happen after that.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted public health officials and government agencies to halt travel and issue stay-at-home orders. Revenue for theme parks and resorts has halted because of this. Disney closed its parks on March 14 as coronavirus infections were skyrocketing and initially planned on reopening on April 1. As COVID-19 continued to spread and social distancing guidelines were extended until April 30, the indefinite shutdown was announced.
    https://teamster.org/news/2020/03/di...date-teamsters

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    More information for some of the Disney employees.
    The American Federation of Musicians have made an agreement for their members.
    Others are left to the unknown at this point.

    Thousands of Disney World workers face furloughs in coronavirus pandemic
    Thousands of Disney World unionized theme park and hotel workers are likely to be the next group furloughed indefinitely without pay, deepening the economic struggles in Central Florida triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Tuesday night, Disney and the union that represents about 200 musicians who perform at Disney World reached a deal that extends the company’s coronavirus-inspired furloughs to its members.
    A joint statement released by the American Federation of Musicians Local 389 and Disney said the two sides "have reached an agreement that will maintain members’ health insurance benefits coverage, educational support and additional employee assistance programs for hourly entertainment musician Cast Members during a temporary furlough effective April 19. This agreement provides an easier return to work when our community recovers from the impact of COVID-19. We are grateful to have worked together in good faith to help our cast members navigate these unprecedented times.''

    And on Wednesday evening, the company and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2088 released an almost identical message saying they had come to an agreement to furlough hourly call center and telecommunications workers at the resort on April 19 with the same extended benefits.
    As of April 1, more than 90% of SeaWorld employees were furloughed indefinitely. Unlike Disney workers, they did not get health insurance. SeaWorld part-timers also haven’t been paid wages since the parks closed.

    Universal Orlando Resort has pledged to pay workers through April 19 when it had originally hoped to reopen April 20. But Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order, as well as executive orders by Orange County, make that date unlikely.
    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/coro...wga-story.html

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    This is the latest news for Disney workers from Local 385.
    In the article, links will take you to the MOU's that were negotiated.

    Disney COVID-19 Update
    Today, we reached an Agreement with Disney regarding the Company’s decision to furlough its employees starting April 19 because of the COVID-19 crisis. We have great news – but also concerning news, and a plan to keep fighting.
    Click on each link to read the official Memorandum of each negotiated agreement between Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Teamsters Local 385 members:
    The Great News: The Union Agreement provides stronger protections and benefits for 43,000 Union workers at Disney than virtually any other furloughed or laid-off workers in the United States. Here are the key points of the Agreement (see STCUnion.org for the full agreement):
    The Concerning News: Florida’s unemployment system is broken. Workers have tried for weeks to apply and receive money. Despite Gov. DeSantis’ promises to fix the system, the online application is terrible. Checks are not arriving. Workers cannot wait to feed their families. We need Florida’s benefit (up to $275 per week). Even more importantly, we need the $600 weekly benefit passed by the U.S. government.
    http://www.local385.org/?zone=/union...&HomeID=824295

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    The lay-offs at Disney have begun. The number of workers let go are staggering.

    'Sacrifices' Begin for Disney Workers
    Nearly half of Disney's workers have seen their last paycheck for a while, as more than 100,000 employees begin their furlough this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. By holding back these wages, the company will be able to save up to $500 million a month, the Financial Times reports, via the BBC. Employees will still hang onto their health insurance, and they can put in for aid through the federal government's $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package. "The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on our world with untold suffering and loss, and has required all of us to make sacrifices," the company says in a statement, per Yahoo Finance UK.

    Among those making sacrifices: new CEO Bob Chapek, who's taking a 50% pay cut, and Executive Chair Bob Iger, who's giving up his entire salary during the crisis, the Hollywood Reporter noted last month. Especially hit hard among the Disney family are Florida workers at Disney World, the state's largest employer, per Fox Business. About 43,000 employees have begun their furlough there—a number so large that Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is looking into pulling employee data from the Walt Disney Co. to automatically enroll furloughed workers into Florida's unemployment database to take "stress off the system."
    https://www.newser.com/story/289800/...mpaign=rss_top

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    Multiple unions have been discussing reopening of the Disney World park and have worked out an agreement on safeguards.

    Walt Disney World and unions agree on safeguards for returning to work
    Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and unions representing workers at Florida’s Walt Disney World have reached an agreement on safeguards to protect employees from coronavirus, a union statement said on Thursday, removing one of the company’s hurdles to reopening its popular theme parks.
    The measures include social distancing practices, increased cleaning and mandatory masks for workers and guests, according to a statement from the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), which represents about 43,000 workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
    Disney shares rose 2.8% to close at $105.91 on the New York Stock Exchange.
    Disney has announced that some retail stores and restaurants in the Disney Springs shopping area in Orlando will open on May 20, but the company has not set a reopening date for any of its four theme parks in Florida.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKBN22Q3AD

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    I'll let this story, and the Disney corporate response, speak for itself.

    Disney Issues Blunt Disclaimer Days Before Small Portion of Orlando Resort Reopens
    Days before a small portion of the Walt Disney World Resort reopens after months of being shuttered due to the novel coronavirus, the company posted a blunt disclaimer to would-be guests.
    The Disney Springs shopping and dining complex will once again welcome guests beginning Wednesday. And while Disney has made it clear that "enhanced health and safety measures" will be the utmost importance, guests still assume all the risk.

    "An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death," reads a disclaimer on the Disney World website.
    It concludes: "By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19."
    It remains unclear when the actual theme park will reopen, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday gave Disney and Universal Orlando the green light to submit their reopening plans, which would include a date.
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...-opens-1294928

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    More details and FAQ's about the upcoming reopening of Disney.

    Disney World Reopening Plan Next Week, Disneyland Status, Universal Details & FAQ
    In this update, we’ll cover the likelihood of a reopening proposal by Walt Disney World to Orange County leaders next week, Universal’s official plans to welcome back guests, Disneyland’s status, and more. Suffice to say, it’s been a busy few days for Florida theme park news!
    Let’s start with Universal, as that’s the big and juicy, substantive news. After receiving approval on their plans from Orange County and the State of Florida, Universal officially released a “welcome back” statement announcing Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay would all reopen to the general public on June 5, 2020.
    This lengthy release included information about health safety procedures, temporary rules, a surplus of liability disclaimer warnings, and temporary policies as the parks get back up and running. As we’ve noted before several times now, Universal and Disney generally collaborate on safety policies. Even if you don’t care about Universal, this is interesting to the extent that it offers a sneak peek into what Walt Disney World will likely announce.
    https://www.disneytouristblog.com/re...l-details-faq/

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    Imagine being out of work for weeks, months, and your state can't even process your claim. This article points the blame at the state of Florida for lowest maximum payout and how few people actually collect. The story revolves around Disney workers, in and around Orlando, which includes Universal, Sea World and the whole tourism industry in that area.

    ‘I can’t get any help’: Disney World staff go weeks without unemployment benefits
    Workers at Disney World in Orlando, the largest single-site employer in the US, with around 77,000 employees, are struggling to obtain unemployment benefits weeks after being furloughed by the coronavirus shutdowns.
    Florida has the worst unemployment system in the US based on how few people receive benefits, and a low payout maximum of $275 per week, according to a study conducted by the job market website Zippia.
    The giant theme park has been closed since 16 March and a reopening date has not yet been set, leaving staff uncertain over how long they will be out of work. Workers are concerned that even after Disney reopen, it remains unclear whether tourism to the most visited location in the US will rebound enough for all staff to be recalled.
    According to an analysis conducted by One Fair Wage, about 44% of the 36.5 million Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits either had their claims denied or are still waiting for them to be processed. Florida has one of the lowest percentages of unemployment claims receiving benefits in the US, at 32%.
    A Disney spokesperson cited a press release on plans to begin reopening retail stores and restaurants at Disney Springs on 20 May as the theme parks remain closed. They did not comment on workers’ unemployment issues or confirm the number of workers who have been furloughed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...yment-covid-19

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    Union members in the Disney California location don't want them to re-open yet.

    Disneyland Union Members Demanding Not to Reopen Disneyland Resort on July 17 Due to Safety Concerns
    While the news that Disneyland Park would reopen on July 17 was met with much excitement, Disneyland union members are demanding that the parks do not reopen at this time to keep Cast Members safe.
    According to The Orange County Register, The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions, representing over 17,000 Disneyland Cast Members, have written to the California Governor Gavin Newsom demanding that the theme park not open as planned.

    “Disney wants clearance from the government to reopen the Disneyland Resort in July,” according to the letter from the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions. “Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable… We are not yet satisfied that it is safe to reopen the resort. There are numerous questions about safety which Disney has not yet answered.”
    https://wdwnt.com/2020/06/disneyland...rk-on-july-17/

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    The job losses continue. While the headline states "non-union" workers in this round of lay-offs, we must remember the 28,000 workers let go last week.

    Layoff Update: Nearly 7,000 Non-Union WDW Workers Losing Jobs
    Yesterday’s Walt Disney Company layoff news shocked nearly everyone, from the Disney fan community to financial analysts to the impacted Disney Parks Cast Members. For those who missed the news, 28,000 Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort employees are being laid-off.
    Now, the Orlando Sentinel has reported that Disney has alerted the state of Florida that 6,700 non-union Walt Disney World employees will be losing their jobs in December 2020.
    It remains to be seen exactly how this massive round of Disney layoffs will ultimately impact all of the workers at the company’s Florida theme parks, but the fact that nearly 7,000 of the impacted furloughed workers are non-union is certainly an interesting component of this developing story.
    The layoffs are directly related to the coronavirus pandemic, which closed all six of Disney’s global theme parks earlier this year. While Disney World began its phased reopening amid COVID-19 in July, Disneyland Resort remains temporarily closed.
    https://insidethemagic.net/2020/09/n...-layoffs-rwb1/

 

 
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