Unions agree deal with Disney on the future of 43000 Walt Disney World Cast Members due to COVID-19 furloughs

Apr 11, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Saturday April 11, 2020 12:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Service Trades Council Union has today reached an agreement with Disney regarding the furlough of 43000 union workers at Walt Disney World beginning April 19 2020.


This agreement includes the IATSE Local 631, Teamsters Local 385, UNITE HERE Local 737, TCU Local 1908, UNITE HERE Local 362 and UFCW Local 1625.

The key points are:

  • Everyone’s job, seniority, wage rate and benefits are guaranteed through the furlough, even if you stay on furlough after Disney reopens. Seniority continues indefinitely beyond 12 months.
  • Everyone who has insurance will keep it for the duration of the furlough up to 12 months, including both full-time workers as well as part-time workers who qualify under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Insurance means all insurance benefits: medical, dental, life, etc. with no exceptions.

  • Disney will pay 100% of your insurance. You will not owe back payments when you return to work.

  • For insurance eligibility and pension contributions, full-time workers will be credited 40 hours per week during the
    furlough. Part-time workers will get credit for their weekly average hours worked since October 2019.

  • If you are a new worker, you can choose insurance after your 90-day probation just as you had planned.

  • If you come back from an approved Leave of Absence during the furlough, you are covered by the Union’s

  • If you have a qualifying life event, you can get insurance. Example, if you had insurance through your spouse but
    your spouse loses their job, you can enroll in Disney insurance. The same is true for a divorce or the birth of a

  • If the furlough continues until the next open enrollment period in 2020, you will be able to choose insurance.

  • Vacation, Floating Holidays and Paid Time Off (part-time employees): From April 12-18, you can choose to have it
    paid out weekly up to 40 hours per week until it is gone.

  • Full-time employees can also choose to be paid out accumulated sick days above 96 hours.

  • Other basic programs continue: HUB access, Aspire, Maingate, etc.

  • If you are in a job that requires certain skills or proficiencies, the Company cannot say you lose them.

  • A small group of less than 200 workers will do “essential” duties during the closure. The work will be offered to
    volunteers by seniority. If not enough people volunteer, the work will be assigned to the least senior workers. If you have a legitimate health, safety, childcare or other reason you cannot work, you will not be forced to work and you will not be penalized. You will remain on furlough.

  • If any worker covered by Disney insurance needs COVID-19 testing, Disney insurance will pay for it.
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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 🤷🏻‍♂️

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 “ride 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.