Disneyland and Unions Reach New Agreement

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The Disneyland Resort has just reached a new agreement with 11 unions representing Disney Cast Members. The agreement will help bring back employees as soon as possible.

The OC Register states:

To date, 11 unions representing the vast majority of Disneyland cast members have signed agreements including health and safety measures that will allow Disneyland to responsibly bring back staff as soon as possible, according to Disney officials. […]

Disneyland has reached an agreement with Workers United Local 50, the resort’s second largest union, that will allow for food and beverage cast members to return to work, according to Disney officials.

Disneyland has reached return to work agreements with 10 other unions, including Master Services Council, Independent Employee Services Association, Craft Maintenance Council and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Workers United Local 50 confirmed the news on their Facebook page with the following details:

Over the weekend we were able to come to agreement on the Recall from Furlough. We had a few topics that were holding up this agreement. First was Covid19 sick pay which California legislature has passed a bill providing 80 hours of sick pay for Covid 19. Testing was the 2nd item which previously stated is resolved. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Recall from furlough will be done by scheduling group, classification and in classification seniority order.

  • Leads, Trainers, some premium positions and some Carthay Circle classifications will be recalled separately with restrictions.

  • Notification of recall will be by telephone at least 7 days in advance.

  • If the first phone call wasn’t answered, there will be another call 45 minutes later to follow up.

  • If you’re unable to return to work you can decline and if you don’t respond to calls within 3 days you will remain on furlough. Company will move to the next person in seniority order.

  • If you change your mind about returning, you may request to be recalled on the next wave of recalls.

  • If you have to isolate yourself or miss work because of work, you will not receive any points and will be paid.

  • Cast will be subject to health screenings when they report to work. If a temperature reads above 100.4 degrees, cast members will be sent home with report pay.

Update-Recall from FurloughOver the weekend we were able to come to agreement on the Recall from Furlough. We had a…

Posted by Workers United Local 50 on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This news comes after The Walt Disney Company announced that 28,000 employees would be laid off at Disneyland and Walt Disney World including 2,500 members from Workers United Local 50 and 1,400 from California Teamsters Local 495.

Read More: Disney Parks Layoffs: A Complete Breakdown

However, while the Disneyland Resort has reached this new agreement with its Cast Member Unions, Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and the Disneyland Resort Hotels remain closed due to restrictions imposed by the California State Government. Kept closed now for 7 months, Disney has openly blamed California for its need to lay off so many Cast Members.


While they have said that they have been ready to reopen for sometime Disneyland officials are still waiting on its reopening guidelines.

“Without those guidelines, we’re quite honestly in limbo,” Disneyland resort president Ken Potrock said last month. “We are ready to open responsibly, it is the time to open responsibly and it’s important to open responsibly.”

Read More: Disneyland vs. California: A Timeline of Confusing Events

Disney CEO Bob Chapek also recently shared his own personal desire to get Disney’s Cast Members off furlough and back to work as soon as possible, but also speaks of the need to have California’s government allow them to operate:

“Obviously, we are watching very closely what the state of California does as an indicator [of] whether we can retain some of our Cast that are right now on furlough. We’d like to keep them on furlough until we can reopen. But if — I think what the government said was, ‘No time soon, we’re not going to be pressured into reopening.’ That obviously gives us some pause. And we’d like to put our Cast Members back to work, as many of them as soon as possible, if the government would let us do that.”

Disneyland Resort remains the last Disney Resort to reopen, following Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, the Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.

We at Inside the Magic will continue to update our readers as more information regarding the Disneyland Resort comes to light.

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