We are beginning to get some more detailed numbers on the massive layoff that the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment announced yesterday.
On Tuesday, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro said that the segment would lay off approximately 28,000 employees in the United States, out of a reported 170,000 people that the segment employs worldwide. About two thirds of those let go would be part-time employees.
In Florida, Disney will dismiss more than 6,390 non-union employees at Walt Disney World, according to a filing with the state of Florida. Those cuts will be effective December 4.
In California, unions representing Disneyland employees announced how many layoffs they are expecting among their members. Workers United Local 50, which represents about 7,500 cast members, mostly in food and beverage positions, said that it expects more than 2,500 members to be fired, with notice to affected members going out November 1. UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents 3,000 cast members, said that it expects 900 of its members to be let go.
While D'Amaro and Disney executives push California Governor Gavin Newsom for permission to reopen the parks, union leaders are asking Newsom to sign Assembly Bill 3216, which would require employers that lay off workers in the hospitality industry to give preference to those laid-off former employees when hiring new workers.
"I love my job, which is why as a mom of five kids I am asking Governor Gavin Newsom sign AB 3216 to ensure that hundreds of thousands of workers like myself have the opportunity to return to their job once the pandemic is over," Ines Guzman, a furloughed housekeeper at the Disneyland Hotel, said in a release offered by the union.
The non-union dismissals in Florida combined with the union layoffs in California account for about 10,000 of the 28,000 job cuts. That leaves dismissals among union positions in Walt Disney World and non-union positions at Disneyland still be revealed, plus whatever cuts come at Walt Disney Imagineering, consumer products and publishing, and from domestic employees still left at the Disney Cruise Line.
Update: Disney has filed to dismiss 2,765 non-union cast members in California, including 2,050 Disneyland employees and 411 people at Walt Disney Imagineering. That brings us up to about 13,000 accounted layoffs, leaving 15,000 more to come from union-represented employees at Walt Disney World as well as remaining union employees at Disneyland.
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