At least 25% of Disney’s 28,000 layoffs will come from Florida

Disney made headlines last week when they announced they’d be laying off about 28,000 cast members. Their statement mentioned that about 68% of those losing their job would be part-time employees. ABC News now reports that “at least a quarter” of the planned layoffs will come from the state of Florida.

The ABC News report cites a letter filed with state and local officials detailing the layoffs.

At least a quarter of the 28,000 layoffs planned for Disney’s parks division will come from Florida, according to a letter the company filed with state and local officials last week.

The letter said that at least 6,390 nonunion Disney employees in Florida will be laid off starting in early December. The number of Florida layoffs, though, could grow as the company negotiates terms with a coalition of unions that represents 43,000 employees at Walt Disney World.

It’s easy to assume the 25% in Florida are all Walt Disney World cast members, but employees from other Disney segments (Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, corporate positions) will also be affected.

The layoffs are impacting every asset of Disney, ranging from their internal marketing team and project managers to theme park entertainers and Imagineers. It has been an extremely difficult time at Disney as many talented, creative and passionate cast members have lost their jobs.

Hopefully brighter days wait ahead.

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