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Disney Announces More Furloughs On Heels Of 28,000 Layoffs, As Newsom Closure Continues

The state-imposed pandemic economic shut-down continues wreaking havoc on jobs and livelihoods, as Disney announced furloughs of cast members at the executive, salaried and hourly level. The company pointed to the Newsom Administration’s re-opening criteria and guidelines for theme parks, which have kept the Disneyland Resort closed for eight months and place it in a state of “limbo.” “We expected ...

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Economist: Massive Job Losses If Disneyland Shutdown Continues

Chapman University’s Economic Forecast Conference last week fleshed out in chilling detail the Disneyland Resort shutdown is inflicting on Orange County’s economy, as well as regionally. Dr. Anil Puri, a Cal State Fullerton economist, presented the damage in black-and-white (you can view here, beginning at about the 1:02 mark).  Puri noted the state-ordered pandemic shutdown has resulted in 45% unemployment ...

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Newsom Guidelines Will Likely Keep Disneyland Closed Until Late 2021

After weeks of foot-dragging despite desperate pleas from business, labor and civic leaders, the Newsom Administration today finally announced re-opening guidelines for California’s theme parks – which have been closed for more than seven months. However, the news was grim: the bottom line is that under Governor Newsom’s rules, major theme parks like the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm ...

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Disney Concludes Return-To-Work Agreements With 11 Unions; UNITE-HERE Local 11 Holding Out

The Disneyland Resort has reached return-to-work agreements with 11 of its cast member unions. These agreements implement a set of COVID-19 health and safety measures and protocols that will be in place when cast members return to their jobs whenever Governor Newsom gets around to allowing the Resort to re-open. The unions in question represent the large majority of Resort ...

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Disneyland Providing Multiple Methods of Free COVID-19 Testing For Cast Members

The Disneyland Resort is offering three different ways for cast members to obtain free COVID-19 tests. “We have finalized a plan for all working cast members of the Disneyland Resort to have access to free, easily accessible testing options,” Disney theme parks chief medical officer Pamela Hymel said in a statement. The Disneyland Resort includes Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and ...

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OC Health Care Agency Recommends Re-Opening Disneyland Resort

The Orange County Health Care Agency is recommending Governor Newsom allow the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm be allowed to re-open, reported the OC Register: Local health authorities have given the green light for Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to reopen while California theme parks await reopening guidelines from Gov. Gavin Newsom after more than six months of coronavirus ...

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6-Month COVID Closure Pushes Disney To Begin Laying Off 28,000 Resort Cast Members

More COVID-19 economic wreckage was visited on Southern California today as Disney announced it is beginning the process of laying off approximately 28,000 cast members more than 6-months after closing the Disneyland Resort in response to Governor Newsom’s lock-down edicts at the dawn of the pandemic. The move was precipitated by Governor Gavin Newsom’s unwillingness or inability to issue re-opening ...

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Mayor Harry Sidhu: The Time For Recovery Is Now

{Editor: this op-ed originally appeared in the OC Register on September 18, 2020] After saving lives, the most critical part of any crisis is recovery. We have made great progress slowing the spread of coronavirus in Anaheim, Orange County and across California. But our state is failing when it comes to economic recovery. This week, we mark an unprecedented six ...

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County Of Orange Calls On Governor To Re-Open Disneyland Resort, All California Theme Parks

[Editor: Last week, County CEO Frank Kim sent this letter to Govenor Gavin Newsom. This is part of the ongoing movement to safely re-open Orange County continues pressuring Governor Newsom to expeditiously issue guidelines so that long-dormant segments of the local economy can re-open – permitting people to go back to work, tax revenues to begin flowing again, and generally ...

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Union Watchdog: Local 11 Still Grumpy About the Happiest Place On Earth

[This originally appeared on EyesOn11.com September 21, 2020.] The City of Anaheim is asking California to issue reopening safety protocols for theme parks, “citing that the city is facing unprecedented financial woes due to the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.” The city currently has a $100 million deficit, and a 15 percent unemployment rate. Unite Here Local 11’s members aren’t ...

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