Big news from Disney today! The Walt Disney Company is now requiring that Disney Cast Members get vaccinated! The new requirement applies to all salaried and non-union hourly employees, in the U.S., and Disney has stated that they are talking to unions representing workers under collective bargaining agreements.
BREAKING: Disney has informed employees and Cast Members the company is "now requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated."
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) July 30, 2021
Per the Los Angeles Times:
Walt Disney Co. is taking an unprecedented step to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new policy could eventually be extended to cover tens of thousands of workers at Disney’s theme parks, including in Anaheim and Orlando.
This decision comes shortly after they updated their face mask policy, again requiring Guests to wear face masks indoors due to a rise in cases of the Delta variant. Disney’s official made the following statement this afternoon:
At the Walt Disney Co., the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority.
Based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated.
Employees who aren’t already vaccinated and are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and any employees still working from home will need to provide verification of vaccination prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions. Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.
There are currently more than 200,000 employees at Disney and as stated above, they must be vaccinated by 60 days from today and that includes new new hires. The LA Times also states that the Burbank entertainment colossus said today it has begun negotiations with union officials with the goal of extending the vaccination policy to cover those in bargaining units, including theme park workers and movie and television production crews.
It is important to note that medical and religious exemptions will be made for employees who qualify. The company is also currently developing plans and protocols for its employees outside of the United States.
The Walt Disney Company is joining the growing list of other large companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Uber, and more that are now requiring their employees to get vaccinated.
We will report more on this as The Walt Disney Company makes more announcements!
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