ORLANDO, Fla. — Union officials say about 8,800 part-time union workers at Walt Disney World in Florida will be part of the 28,000 layoffs in Disney’s parks division in California and Florida because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The addition of the union workers to the almost 6,500 nonunion layoff already announced brings the Disney-related job losses in Florida to more than 15,000 workers.
Disney announced last week that it was laying off 28,000 workers because of the pandemic. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers and they range from salaried employees to hourly workers.
Disney’s parks closed last spring as the pandemic began spreading in the U.S. The Florida parks reopened this summer, but the California parks have yet to reopen as the company awaits guidance from the state of California.