Disneyland has reached an agreement with ten unions representing thousands of workers at the Anaheim amusement park, which has been concluded since March 14 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Disney has already agreed with two unions on Furlough for their members, and now it seems they`ve made another one. This is a difficult time for the Disney host of “non-essential” Cast members who, now that the parks are closed, are looking for Furlough. SEE ALSO: Disney furlough by theme park employees in April could save $500 million, analysts said Saturday morning, North America Building Trades Unions Craft Maintenance Council issued a statement in which it said a similar deal had been reached for Walt Disney World union members. According to a statement from Disneyland, Disney has signed contracts with 20 member associations to put Disneyland employees back to work. Other unions are still in negotiations with Disneyland. “The agreement covers a number of issues raised by union members and leaders,” Chris Duarte, president of Workers United Local 50, said in a Facebook post. His restaurant represents nearly 8,000 food and beverage workers at Disneyland Resort. “This agreement applies to members considered essential during the station`s closure and return to operation. From April 19, non-essential members of food and beverages will be relocated. Negotiated as part of a Furlough, we were able to protect ourselves so that the signature services could continue without premium fees for members… Pensions and full-time hours are protected by credited hours.
The negotiated agreement has a call to ensure that the food and beverage plant is managed with the 50 local members and respects seniority. On April 19, Disney had already announced its intention to lay off non-union employees at Disneyland and Walt Disney World stations. Disneyland industrial relations officials met with Disneyland unions to negotiate the Furloughs` terms. Disneyland union employees represent at least 28,000 of the 31,000 actors at Anaheim`s two theme parks. Disneyland plans to reopen at multiple speeds after four months of coronavirus closure, with a new set of COVID-19 health and safety protocols designed to make visiting Disney`s theme parks in Anaheim safer. The review of the actors for COVID-19 could give a false sense of security, Disney Labor Minister Bill Pace said in a letter to unions. The union agreement stipulates that full-time and part-time workers must be recalled prior to the reintroduction of Disneyland`s employment program. “Starting April 19, non-essential members for food and beverages will be relocated,” Chris Duarte, president of Workers United Local 50, said in a letter to members. “As part of a furlough, we were able to guarantee the protection of signatures that could be maintained without a premium fee for members.” Disneyland employees, known as interpreters in the Disney language, are still paid until April 18 during the closure of enshrage parks. Disney recently announced that executives will make temporary pay cuts of 20 to 30 percent, as company executives make even deeper pay cuts. Disneyland is still in negotiations with other unions representing park staff.
“Disney has entered into agreements with several performers` unions hour by hour that maintain members` health insurance coverage, support for educational institutions and additional employee support programs during a temporary election campaign effective April 19,” Disney said in a statement.