Walt Disney World requiring union employees to be vaccinated

Walt Disney World requiring union employees to be vaccinated
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Walt Disney World will require union employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to keep their jobs, according to a union that represents Disney staffers.

Local 362, an affiliate of the Services Trade Council Union, announced an agreement with the park on Monday under which employees will have to show proof of vaccination by Oct. 22.   

According to the agreement, employees with a disability, medical condition or “sincerely held religious beliefs” can seek an accommodation through a negotiated process.

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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,” according to Local 362.

The union said that Disney will hold on-site vaccination events at the Orlando park over the next several weeks.

The Hill has reached out to Walt Disney World for further comment.

Local 362 covered about 43,000 of 77,000 Disney World workers before layoffs due to the pandemic, according to The Associated Press.

In late July, the Walt Disney Company gave all salaried and nonunion employees 60 days to get fully vaccinated. It also began demanding new hires get vaccinated before starting work.

Disney is currently requiring customers to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, though it said earlier this month that it is allowing customers to decide whether they want to wear masks outdoors. 

Florida is among the states grappling with a new surge in coronavirus cases amid the rise of the highly contagious delta variant.