Union Supporting Disney World Cast Members Says Workers Being Kept In the Dark About Extended Closure
We have to admit, as we inch ever closure to Walt Disney World’s initial closure date of March 31st, we’re checking the website non-stop to see if this closure has been extended. As we reported earlier this week, a closure extension is likely to happen given the Florida state government’s recent stay-at-home order which is in place until April 9th.
However, we aren’t the only ones feeling a bit left in the dark when it comes to closure news. According to a report in today’s Orlando Sentinel, Union Leaders are asking Disney World to continue to pay their workers and provide insurance through April 30th. One of the arguments for this extension is that employees aren’t being told in a timely fashion when they can go back to work.
“As March 31 gets closer and closer, however, we have no decision from Disney,” wrote Matt Hollis, who is the president of the Service Trades Council Union, a group of locals that represented 42,000 Disney employees, in a letter sent to Disney leaders on Friday. “Cast members are in the dark, worried about how they will pay for their rents or mortgages and feed their children.”
As we mentioned above, Disney World cannot legally re-open until 11pm on April 9th because of the Orange County stay-at-home order. However, on the Walt Disney World website the closure is still being posted as running until March 31, 2020.
The Walt Disney Company hasn’t given an update yet on its timetable for reopening or said whether employees will continue getting paid in April. The last update was on March 12 when Disney said it will shut down its Orlando theme parks from March 16 until April 1.
This is a story we’ll be watching closely so keep following along with MickeyBlog for the latest news and updates.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel