Because of park closures related to the coronavirus, Walt Disney World will furlough 43,000 park employees beginning on April 19. The announcement came from the Service Trade Council Union, which represents the park’s employees, and was delivered during a Facebook Live session on Saturday. In the session, union representatives said they were not pleased by the move.
“This is a decision that the union donesn’t like. However, it’s within the company’s right to lay off and furlough employees in this situation,” said Eric Clinton, the president of Unite Here!.
Unite Here! represents full-time cast members working at Disney World at every level, from custodial through vacation planning. The Service Trade Council is a larger umbrella organization that combines all of the relevant local unions. In this situation, the unions said that they’re bargaining power could not prevent the furlough of thousands of workers.
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