Musician's Union and Walt Disney World agree on represented Cast Members beginning furlough on April 19

Apr 08, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday April 8, 2020 8:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney and the American Federation of Musicians Local 389 have agreed to begin a temporary furlough for its represented Cast Members beginning April 19 2020 - the first agreement for furlough of unionized Cast Members at Walt Disney World.

The union, which represents hourly musicians who perform at the Walt Disney World theme parks, has said the agreement maintains health insurance benefits coverage, educational support and additional employee assistance.

The main unions which represent thousands of Cast Members from character performers to bus drivers, are still in negotiations with Disney.  A recent update from UNITE HERE Central Florida said "Union Leaders continue to meet and negotiate with Disney Management on a daily basis. We are working hard to ensure we secure an Agreement with Disney that gives Cast Members the most security and stability possible in a time that has so many uncertainties. Disney has proposed a furlough beginning April 19 of all Union represented Cast Members. We are focused on securing medical insurance during the furlough, ensuring that thousands of Disney Cast Members are not dumped into an already broken Florida Unemployment Insurance system, and that Disney Cast Members are not impacted in a negative way because of the Disney property closure."

Disney and previously announced that beginning April 19 2020, furlough will begin for executive, salaried and non-union hourly Cast Members based in the U.S. with the exception of those who's roles or projects are crucial to maintaining operations during the closures.

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mwf5555Apr 25, 2020

because eventually it will stop...

John HendershotApr 24, 2020

This is still an option for all eligible (hourly mostly) cast members. I’m not sure how many are willing to give up vacation/PTO right now however. I’m sure there are some πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

LilofanApr 24, 2020

I know things are bad when my local dealer advertises free pick up and delivery of my cars for service including disinfecting of cars and 25% off the total service bill.

LilofanApr 24, 2020

I read somewhere that cast members in the past could donate their vacation hours to fellow cast in need of pay. But all bets are off since most now are without a job and are furloughed.

ZoneOfTheEnderApr 24, 2020

Maybe a Stock transfer could be made from Disney Execs and large Shareholders into a Charitable Trust for the benefit of Cast Members in need. At this point in time it is the Cast Members who make Disney Magical vs inflated ticket prices and the β€œride the movie” direction the theme parks are going and the obliteration of EPCOTs original direction. Oh well. The interaction with Cast Members is the lasting legacy of Walt IMO.

LilofanApr 24, 2020

If the unions that represented the cast had an emergency fund that should also be helping the cast but no luck.

ZoneOfTheEnderApr 24, 2020

They should also forgo their bonuses and create a charitable fund to help the Cast Members that are out of a job.

DisorbustApr 24, 2020

With the 600/week they did want to make it based on income so you would not be paid more on UI then you were working but the systems in the states are to antiquated to possible do it. Penny wise, dime foolish.

LilofanApr 24, 2020

I read something disturbing is that some that are laid off are skipping car repairs, doctor visits, and cancelling auto insurance. It's tough times.

LilofanApr 24, 2020

Disney did by slashing exec annual salary pay ranging from 20-30%. Iger took a 100% pay cut. Chapek took a 50% pay cut.

ZoneOfTheEnderApr 24, 2020

But do they have a conscious?

LilofanApr 24, 2020

All of it depends on the executive compensation contract the exec signs prior to accepting the job. Are bonuses guaranteed or not would probably be in the contract.

ZoneOfTheEnderApr 24, 2020

What are your thoughts on Disney executive bonuses being paid out from the billions of dollars bailout? It sounds like retaining Health benefits during furlough is great but what about the bonuses while some Cast Members are going from $2,000 a week to $362 a week UI?

seascapeApr 24, 2020

That statement is very political and doesn't belong on this thread. However, since you love big government so much I hope you enjoy paying more in taxes and getting mych less since we now have billions more in debt than total assets all of us Americans own publicly and privately.