Disney layoffs: 8,800 part-time union workers were laid off
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Walt Disney World’s largest union announced Wednesday that 8,800 part-time union workers are among those laid off by the company.
The Service Trades Council says that as part of the agreement reached with Disney, full-time employees will not be forced to quit, but will be able to return to their old jobs when business resumes, or return to a different position.
The 8,800 layoffs are on top of the 6,700 already announced for Disney’s non-union workers.
It means that about 15,700 Disney workers in total in Central Florida are losing their jobs as part of the cuts.
Disney announced last month that 28,000 workers at its parks in central Florida and California will be laid off due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney’s parks closed last spring as the pandemic began to spread across the United States. Florida parks reopened this summer, but California parks have yet to reopen as the company awaits California state leadership.