Monday, April 13, 2020
43,000 More Disney World Workers To Be Furloughed
Workers will be able to keep their healthcare benefits or the length of the furlough period, or up to a year, according to the coalition of unions representing Disney World employees; ~200 union workers deemed essential will stay on the job.
With the latest addition, Disney World is poised to furlough most of its 77K employees, both union and non-union, nearly tripling the unemployment rate in the Orlando, Fla., metro area. to 8.5% now, according to data from the state.
“Things are really looking bad,” said Hector Sandoval, a University of Florida economics professor, about Disney’s furloughs. “The economy is going to take time to recover.”
“All the suppliers that will normally actively be engaged with Disney and doing business with Disney have gone idle as well,” Snaith said.
Elsewhere among Orlando’s major theme parks, The Orlando Sentinel reports Universal Orlando Resort, which employs about 25,000 people, has promised to pay the full wages to its employees through April 19 as its theme parks are closed at least until May 31.
Starting April 20, “nearly all our team members will be paid at 80 percent of their pay – and we will ask them to adjust their work accordingly,” the company has said in an emailed statement.
Part-time Universal hourly workers will get furloughed without pay beginning May 3.
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