Although we have known for a while now that The Walt Disney Company was laying off 28,000 of their Cast Members at both Disney World and Disneyland, some Cast Members have still been waiting to find out if they were one of the unfortunate cuts. We now know that layoff notices have been presented to unions and Cast Members will now begin to answer the question, “Is it me?”.
Chris Duarte, President of Workers United Local 50 took to the Facebook group to provide an update:
We have received notification from the company that layoff notices will begin going out today. As stated before the notices will be to by email to a personal email addresses and normal mail via the United States Postal Service. Effective separation date will continue to be December 31, 2020.
Layoff Update,We have received notification from the company that layoff notices will begin going out today. As stated…
Prior to this, the Workers United Local 50 announced that they were going to be receiving layoff notices for 2500+ Cast Members, although there were no specific names shared.
Here is what we know now: Who will actually be subject to layoff is still to be determined. The contract and bargaining will determine this. Notice of layoff to Local 50 members is set to occur November 1. Non-union, salaried, and executive cast are starting to receive notice now. Actual termination dates will be set in the notice. At this time over 2500 Local 50 members are expected to be laid off.
This specific union affects the Cast Members of Disneyland Resort, including Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. With the recent news of of Disneyland Resort reopening shopping and dining on Buena Vista Street at DCA, we hope that the increased business will continue to keep Disney from having to make any further layoffs.
Cast Members who receive a layoff notice will still be employed by the Walt Disney Company through to the year with health benefits intact until then, so long as their plan included it to begin with. We are hopeful that once the Disneyland parks reopen, recalls can be made so that Cast Members can once again return to the magic.
Unfortunately, Governor Newsom currently will not allow theme parks to reopen until their respective county is in Tier 4. Orange County, home to Disneyland Resort, sits in Tier 2, and may not reopen until 2021.
On the plus side, many Disney unions have been working hard to create layoff agreements that will benefit Cast Members, and it’s been happening! The union we are discussing today, Workers United Local 50, did come to an agreement with Disney. Some key points from this union agreement include:
- Recalled employees will retain seniority and pay, including increases, as if they had been active.
- For the first 12 months following layoff, Disney will contact and recall employees in seniority by scheduling group and classification
- When recalled, employees will have 2 weeks to return to work unless mutually agreed upon by Disney and the employee.
- Local 50 was able to negotiate extended recall rights for 12 additional months to December 31, 2022.
- The company has agreed to not hire new employees until qualified employees on recall have returned.
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