ORLANDO, Fla. (WR) — Walt Disney World and the union for its actors and singers reached an settlement on Wednesday that can enable them to return to work, greater than a month after they mentioned they had been locked out of the reopening of the theme park resort for publicly demanding coronavirus assessments.

Disney agreed to have a state-run drive-thru COVID-19 testing web site for staff and the general public on the Florida theme park resort. That call inspired Actor’s Fairness Affiliation to signal a memorandum of understanding permitting the actors, singers and stage managers to return to their jobs.

“Now we have been constant that testing is a vital a part of guaranteeing a protected office for Fairness performers, and as we speak, I’m happy to see that Disney World has agreed,” Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Fairness Affiliation, mentioned in a press release.

The union represents 750 Disney World staff.

Disney officers mentioned in a discover to its staff that there could be a devoted testing lane for its staff and their households, and that reservations may very well be made for testing beginning Thursday.

“As a reminder, testing is voluntary and Solid Members is not going to be paid for testing time,” the discover mentioned.

Disney launched a press release later Wednesday saying that permitting the testing places was not in response to union calls for.

“The Florida Division of Emergency Administration will function the situation, which is accessible to solid members and their speedy households, in addition to Florida residents,” the assertion mentioned. “Our actions assist all solid and our group at massive.”

Actors’ Fairness Affiliation filed a labor grievance in opposition to Disney World, saying its members confronted retaliation for demanding the coronavirus assessments earlier than Disney World’s theme parks reopened to guests final month after being closed since March due to the pandemic. About 220 actors and singers initially had been known as again to work, however that invitation was rescinded after the union made public its issues concerning the lack of testing, in keeping with the union.

It was unclear what number of actors and singers could be known as again now that an settlement has been signed.


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