BREAKING NEWS: Here’s a Copy Of The Memo Josh D’Amaro Sent Out To Employees Regarding Staff Cuts
Earlier today, we here at MickeyBlog shared the sad news that Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of the Disney theme parks, released an official statement that Disney will be laying off 28,000 employees that work for the theme parks. Since then, news has been trickling in about areas that are being cut which includes entertainers at several of Walt Disney World Resorts.
KYR News just shared a copy of the memo that Josh D’Amaro was sending out to cast members including those whose jobs were among those being cut. We will share the memo in its entirety below. But first, for those that may have missed it, here’s a copy of D’Amaro’s official statement announcing the cuts:
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) September 29, 2020
Now here is a look at the communication that went out to Disney Cast Members:
I write to you today to share with you some difficult decisions that we have had to make regarding our Disney Parks, Experiences and Products organization.
Let me start with my belief that the heart and soul of our business is and always will be people. Just like all of you, I love what I do. I also love being surrounded by people who think about their roles as more than jobs, but as opportunities to be a part of something special, something different, and something truly magical.
Earlier this year, in response to the pandemic, we were forced to close our businesses around the world. Few of us could have imagined how significantly the pandemic would impact us – both at work and in our daily lives. We initially hoped that the situation would be short-lived, and that we would recover quickly and return to normal. Seven months later, we find that this has not been the case. And, as a result today, we are now forced to reduce the size of our team across executive, salaried and hourly roles.
As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude is not easy. For the last several months, our management team has worked tirelessly to avoid having to separate anyone from the company. We’ve cut expenses, suspended capital projects, furloughed our cast members while still paying benefits and modified our operations to run as efficiently as possible, however, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such a limited capacity.
As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to social distancing requirements and continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic.
Thank you for your dedication, patience and understanding during these difficult times. I know that these changes will be challenging. It will take time for all of us to process this information and its impact. We will be scheduling appointments with all of our affected salaried and non-union hourly employees over the next few days. Additionally, today we will begin the process of discussing next steps with unions. We encourage you to visit the HUB or the WDI Homepage for any support you may need.
For those who will be affected by this decision I want to thank you for all that you have done for our company and our guests. While we don’t know when the pandemic will be behind us, we are confident in our resilience and hope to welcome back Cast Members and Employees when we can.
Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
News is coming in thick and fast about departments impact by the cuts. This is a story that we’ll continue to follow diligently here at MickeyBlog and will share the details with you as we know more.
Source: KYR News