Earlier today, it was announced that the domestic Disney Parks would be laying off approximately 28,000 workers.
Soon after the news broke, the Service Trades Council Union, which consists of six unions representing 43,000 Cast Members at Disney World, released a statement.
The STCU posted a statement to their Twitter page, sharing that, “We were disappointed to learn that the Covid-19 crisis has led Disney to make the decision to layoff Cast Members.”
STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE TRADES COUNCIL UNION REGARDING LAYOFFS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
The 6 unions of the STCU represent 43,000 Cast Members at Walt Disney World.
We were disappointed to learn that the Covid-19 crisis has led Disney to make the decision to layoff Cast Members.
— UNITE HERE! Local 362 (@UNITEHERE_CFL) September 29, 2020
They continued on by adding that, “Unlike at the other theme parks and hotels in Central Florida, Disney workers have a voice at the table because of our Union. We have begun negotiations with the Company about this news and its impact to Union members.“
They concluded by sharing, “How many full-time and part-time Cast Members will be affected, how long health insurance and recall rights will continue and many other issues crucial to Cast Members are on the table. As soon as more information becomes available, we will notify our members.”
This weekend, the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra announced that they would be playing their final performance in early October. Additionally, today, Yeehaa Bob announced that he would not be returning to perform at Disney World.
We will continue to bring you updates on this developing story.