Disney has just now reached another furlough agreement with another Cast Member union — Food and Beverage.
Here is everything we know thus far on furloughs:
- Disney has come to a furlough agreement with the Independent Employee Service Association, which represents Cast Members at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California.
- According to the agreement, Disney will maintain the health insurance benefits coverage, educational support, and additional employee assistance programs during a temporary furlough for hourly security Cast Members.
- The furlough will be in effect beginning April 19.
- Disney previously announced that non-union employees would be furloughed.
- Disney World Musicians Cast Members come to an agreement.
- The Independent Employee Service Association and The Walt Disney Company reached an agreement.
- Furloughs will be coming to The Walt Disney Studios employees.
And now, the Workers United Local 50 released this statement on their Facebook page stating that effective April 19th, non-essential food and beverage members will be furloughed.
The official statement from Workers United Local 50 reads:
Resort Closure Update April 9th
This evening we completed our negotiations with Disney over the terms of the closure going past April 18th. The agreement covers a number of items that members and Union leadership have raised. This agreement covers members deemed essential during the resort closure, furloughs, and return to operations.
Effective April 19th non-essential food and beverage members will be furloughed. Negotiated as part of a furlough we were able to secure protections for signature benefits to be continued with no premium cost to the members. Employee perks, such as Aspire, will continue. Pensions and full-time hours requirements will be protected with credited hours. The negotiated agreement has recall language to ensure that food and beverage operations will be with Local 50 members and will observe seniority. If you are wishing to review the agreement and its details please contact us directly so we can arrange it. A summary of the agreement will be provided as soon as possible.
Beyond securing the much-needed protections mentioned above we unfortunately have no information about when the resort will be opened and members will return to work. As things change, we will continue to update everyone as fast as possible. The Union will also continue to provide assistance to cast members as we have been during this time. Continue to check out our website for resources that may be valuable to you, including how to apply for unemployment benefits. Stay safe everyone, we will get through this together.
Workers United Local 50 President
You can see the statement in the screenshot below:
Inside the Magic will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.
Here at Inside the Magic we know The Walt Disney Company is doing everything they can to keep their guests’, Cast Members’ and crew members safety in mind and as their number 1 priority during this unfortunate time. We want to remind everyone to please stay home and stay safe. Take all of the safety precautions and follow the CDC guidelines, including social distancing, remaining six feet apart from others, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing, wiping down doorknobs and door handles, and washing your hands.