Unions Negotiate with Disney Over New Vaccine Requirement
Union leaders that represent thousands of Cast Members at Disney World are negotiating the companies decisions to require all Cast Members to be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus.
The Unite Here Local 737’s union released a full statement on the matter:
“UNITE HERE Local 737, along with the other 5 unions of the Services Trade Council, does not have an agreement in place with Disney regarding Disney’s vaccine mandate. We continue to negotiate with Disney. We are especially concerned that unionized workers with medical or religious concerns will be accommodated fairly.” President Jeremy Haicken told Spectrum News in a statement.
“UNITE Here 737 has taken many steps to encourage our members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious illness and death. We hope that all hospitality workers in Central Florida will get the vaccine as soon as possible. Any workers who feel unsure about the vaccine should make that decision with their own doctor.”“ Unite Here 737 said in a statement.
The Walt Disney Company announced last week that all U.S. salaried and non-union employees company-wide must be vaccinated within 60 days. Employees that are still working from home must also provide proof of vaccinations before returning to work on any Disney sites.
The mandatory vaccination announcement came at the same time Disney announce that masks were once again required indoors while on Disney property.
Disney released a statement about mandatory vaccinations here
“At the Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority. Toward that end, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated. Employees who aren’t already vaccinated and are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and any employees still working from home will need to provide verification of vaccination prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions. We have also begun conversations around this topic with the unions representing our employees under collective bargaining agreements. In addition, all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated before beginning employment. Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.”
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