Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference yesterday regarding COVID-19 updates as it relates to in-person school education and made comments as to mask mandates, fines, and more.
Additionally, during the conference, DeSantis praised Florida theme parks in the way they’ve handled the pandemic but also commented as to Disney World’s layoffs.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Governor DeSantis noted that Disney’s layoffs have occurred “mostly in California.” A few months ago, Disney announced that nearly 28,000 Cast Members in the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products division would be impacted by massive layoffs at the Company. That number has recently been increased to 32,000.
These layoffs, however, have in fact impacted thousands of Cast Members in Florida. As the Orlando Sentinel notes, reports from union leaders who represent Disney Cast Members and Disney’s state records reveal that at least 18,000 Disney World resort employees in Orlando have been impacted by these layoffs. That represents approximately 56% of the total layoffs.
Initial state filings in Florida indicated that 6,390 employees of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S., Inc. would be impacted. A second notice was also filed evidencing that 279 employees would be affected. Disney made further filings indicating that Disney World would also be laying off 11,350 unionized Cast Members. The combination of all these announced layoffs are what bring Florida’s expected Disney layoff numbers to over 18,000. The layoffs have impacted everyone from incredibly popular performers like Yehaa Bob to many other employees who made magic happen every day.
While the majority of the layoffs have, at the present, been in Florida, Cast Members in California have also been impacted, and we have gotten a look at state filings there and other updates from unions as well.
We are keeping an eye out for more information about these layoffs and how you can help Cast Members in need. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest.
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