Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Cast Members at Disneyland Being Laid Off Due to Non-Transferable Seniority

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Cast Members in Disneyland are being laid off in the latest round of Disney’s 28,000 layoffs. Disneyland Resort reached agreements with several Cast Member unions regarding furloughs and the layoffs.

According to Teamsters Local 495, Cast Members who transferred to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from Disney California Adventure lost all scheduling seniority because Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have separate union contracts. A Cast Member who had worked for the company for years in Disney California Adventure was effectively considered a new hire upon transferring to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Cast Members who transferred from within Disneyland Park did not lose seniority.

Transferring Cast Members were told upon starting at the new land that seniority would not make a difference in getting the hours they needed. However, seniority is now determining layoffs, so many long-time Cast Members are being affected. Many Cast Members and Disney fans shared their frustration on Twitter.

Disneyland Resort is laying off over 2,800 total union Cast Members and almost 2,700 non-union Cast Members.

Our hearts are with all Disney Cast Members at this time.

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  1. When Disneyland cast members get invited to come back to work, will some of them be the Fairy godmothers-in-training and the Disney Park princesses? I’m asking that because I know someone who has two daughters and they look like they would make excellent Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique customers and the kind of girls who would like to get a hug from Ariel, Snow White and Cinderella πŸ˜β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’ in the Royal Hall πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ˜€β˜ΊοΈπŸ€ πŸ˜ΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜ƒπŸ™‚β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’.

  2. Bob Chapek (In a voice like Emperor Palpatine )

    “Now witness the power of my fully restored and operational salary, Fire them at will Commander”

    I bet it was a dream come true for these people to transfer and work at Galaxy’s Edge. This CEO needs to go more than Eisner ever did.

    1. More like Emperor Newsomtine. I don’t know what you expect from Chapek (although I think at this point Iger is actually still running the show) if they can’t open up for 7 months on a business all about people coming into the Parks.

  3. This is garbage, how much more bad news is going to come out of this. The pain, suffering And unfair circumstances these cast members are going through is heartbreaking, prayers to all of them

  4. Nice way to get rid of long term higher paid employees with a contract loophole. Disney and your union put you under the bus. Start to sue seemed seniority was implied allowing it for scheduling purposes.

  5. This is a direct consequence of the unions themselves. Disney has to cut staff to cut down their cash hemorrhaging, and union contracts are specific about who they’re allowed to fire based on seniority.

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