Walt Disney World on Sunday repurposed another stage to present a show that does not feature performers represented by the Actors’ Equity Association. The theme-park company and the performers union are locked in a battle over how to safely return actors to work.
As Walt Disney World and Actors’ Equity Association members prepare to discuss a grievance filed by the union, Disney is finding ways to work around the absent performers.
Disney Equity performers who star in the theme parks shows remain furloughed indefinitely while Walt Disney World reopens and the rest of its unionized workforce returns to their jobs.
About 800 Disney World equity actors will also be furloughed without pay starting April 19, its union announced Tuesday as they will join thousands of others at the theme parks losing their paychecks indefinitely during the coronavirus pandemic.
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