Today, Service Trades Council Union has released a statement that Walt Disney World union Disney cast members are required to show proof of vaccination by October 22, 2021. The council is a group of a half dozen unions representing tens of thousands of cast members. However, the council does not include every union that represents cast members at Disney World.
The negotiations have not focused on IF vaccinations will be required, but instead on what language and practices would be used in relation to how exemptions would be provided.
According to the statement from Service Trades Council Union:
“Employees with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs will be eligible to apply for an accommodation through a negotiated process. This process ensures prompt processing of requests for accommodation, weekly meetings between the Union and Company to address concerns as they arise, an explanation if any accommodation is denied, and access to the grievance procedure should there be a dispute on the accommodation request. Disney will make every effort to reasonably accommodate employees with a medical or religious accommodation need in their current role or classification. Cast Members who do not comply with the vaccine requirement and do not request a legitimate accommodation, will be separated from the Company with a “yes” rehire status.In addition to vaccines being readily available, Disney will be hosting on-site vaccine events over the next several weeks. Cast interested in getting vaccinated at work should go on the HUB for more information. Vaccines are safe, effective, and free. As of today, the Pfizer vaccine is FDA approved and is being offered by the Company. Getting vaccinated is the best way for workers to protect themselves from this deadly virus.”