Walt disney (NYSE: DIS), and the union representing 750 employees at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., have agreed on a COVID-19 test plan that will allow park cast members to return to work. Actors from the Actors’ Equity Association did not return to work with other Disney World employees after the company proceeded with a gradual reopening of the theme park.
In June, after the company announced its plans for the reopening of the Orlando theme park, the union said it does not accept the safety protocols put in place by Disney, that it does not include COVID-19 testing despite the fact that performers cannot wear masks or practice social distancing in their work. Disney will now provide a location for testing, meeting union demands.
Disney said it is providing a location for the tests to be managed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and will provide free testing to residents of the state, including employees and their families, according to Deadline.
Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, said in a statement: “With the news that Disney will be making testing available to Equity artists and others in the park, I am happy to report that Equity’s executive committee signed a memorandum of understanding with the return of the artists from Disney for Equity. ”
Disney said the test facility was not strictly in response to the cast union. In a statement, a spokesperson for Disney said, “We have come up with the location to help with community testing and any suggestion that this was done as a result of a union is unfounded. Our actions support all stakeholders. and our community as a whole. ”
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