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Eliminating the confusion
Updated On: Apr 10, 2020

All IATSE Local 923 Members: Regarding the Disney Furlough

Disney has tried to assist us as much as possible with their furlough information section on the Disney Hub. As you know, Disney is a worldwide employer and they have many thousands of people that are affected by this furlough worldwide. That makes it difficult to provide a generic set of instructions for all employees. To manage this difficulty, they have created a guide that may hopefully assist you in your efforts to make decisions regarding benefits and unemployment insurance. This guide provides a list of information you might need to register for Unemployment Insurance with the California EDD. However, this guide is not meant to be step-by-step instructions so some of the information provided within it may not apply to you.

The union is servicing people in one of two scenarios. Scenario one is where the company pays the union while the worker is under the employment of the union. In this scenario, the union writes the checks and pays the worker out of the union’s bank. This is not how IATSE Local 923 operates so we do not handle cases that fall under scenario one. IATSE Local 923 does not pay their members. In scenario two, Disney is the employer and pays the IATSE 923 members directly. When you apply for Unemployment, California EDD will be interested in information regarding the source of your paycheck, which is Disney Parks and Resorts, not the union.

There has been confusion over the issue of sick pay and vacation accounts with regards to the upcoming furlough. Being furloughed means you are still employed by the company but you are not working and you are not being paid. Think of it as being on the payroll still but not having a work schedule at the moment. This is what makes you eligible for unemployment. If you are on sick leave, vacation or a leave of absence the California EDD considers you to be working for the company, which means you, will be unable to collect unemployment insurance. Likewise, during the furlough, you will not be able to receive sick pay or vacation pay. Disney will only provide benefits (group insurance, medical, vision, dental, etc.) to their employees. If you are laid off, you will not receive these benefits as you will not be employed by the company. 

On another related note, requests for vacation pay, holiday pay, or a leave of absence must be made after April 12 and before April 18. You cannot request sick leave, vacation, or a leave of absence during the furlough. Vacation pay will be paid at the normal rate (40-hours per week) until the vacation pay you have remaining has been used. We do not know how long this furlough will continue. California EDD will not provide the same dollar amount Disney’s vacation pay provides and you cannot collect unemployment insurance until your requested vacation pay ends. Making an appropriate financial decision is up to you since you know your personal finances best. 

That being said, if you have any question regarding paid time off during the furlough, I suggest speaking directly with Disney Global HR Operations. Call Global HR Operations at 321-939-7000 Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. ET or click on the link found on the HUB in the Furlough Center. The Link is located in the yellow banner below the picture of the Avengers Campus on the first page of the HUB. While there are not any step-by-step instructions, you will find several guides that may help you.

Jim Graham


IATSE Local 923

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