Disney put 100,000 of its theme park and hotel workers on furlough Monday, including those who wear the costumes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and others.
Most of those facing unemployment were at Disney World in Orlando, where 70,000 were given notices, NBC News reported.
Those workers will be falling under Florida's oft-maligned unemployment program, which is among the lowest paying in the country at $275 a week for 12 weeks., UNITE HERE labor union officials told NBC.
The federal stimulus bill provides for $600 more per week for those filing for unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis.
About 26,000 of those Disney employees are UNITE HERE members, and have an agreement to auto-enroll in the states' program, the union said. Thousands of other people in Florida have faced problems as the system has shut down multiple times in recent weeks as more people have been filing for unemployment during the coronavirus crises that has forced restaurants and other businesses deemed nonessential to close.
"The Governor should do the same for any employer that wants to participate," UNITE HERE said. "Just like eliminating the requirement to look for work to receive benefits, or reaffirm the need for benefits every two weeks, these are small fixes to a massive problem."
The Financial Times reported that Disney Chairman Bob Iger is forgoing the remainder of his $3 million salary for the year and that Chief Executive Bob Chapek is giving up half his $2.5 million base salary.
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