Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Walt Disney World furloughs 43,000 more workers

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Walt Disney World will stop paying 43,000 workers, while allowing them to keep medical benefits for up to a year. It is the largest wave of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March because of the new coronavirus spread. ⁣ ⁣Workers will be able to keep their medical, dental and life insurance benefits for the length of the furlough period, or up to a year. Seniority and wage rates will remain unchanged for the workers whose furloughs start April 19, according to a statement from the Service Trades Council, the coalition of unions representing the Disney World workers. ⁣ ⁣“The union agreement provides stronger protections and benefits for 43,000 union workers at Disney than virtually any other furloughed or laid-off workers in the United States," the union said in a statement to members. ⁣ ⁣About 200 workers will remain on the job performing “essential duties" during the closure, and they will be offered positions based on seniority, the union said.

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