WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Disney had confirmed on Sunday, April 12, that it will lay off its workers starting April 19.
- The Services Trade Council Union says that Disney will still pay the workers’ health insurance in full, up to 12 months.
- Less than 200 workers will still remain to work throughout the closure.
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will lay off its 43,000 union workers as the park remains closed in the duration of the lockdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Service Trades Council Union says.
On Sunday, Disney issued a statement confirming the news. It will still pay for the employees’ health insurance in full up to 12 months, including other benefits during the closing of its theme parks.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Service Trades Council Union that will maintain members’ health insurance benefits coverage, educational support and additional employee assistance programs during a temporary furlough effective April 19,” Walt Disney Resort said in the statement. “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.”
Less than 200 workers are to remain on the job in the duration of the park’s closure, added the union.
The issued formal statement took place a couple of weeks after Disney told the public its plans to furlough some of its non-union workers from all of its parks in the United States, and to suspend the collection of annual park passes payments. All in all, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment has more or less 177,000 employees.
All of Disney theme parks’ global locations are indefinitely closed because of the restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19. The first to close were the parks in Asia in February, followed by U.S. and Paris parks in March.