Roughly 5,400 Universal Orlando Workers Go On Extended Furlough

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While we typically focus on all things Disney, one of Walt Disney World’s popular neighbors, Universal Orlando, continues to show signs of the struggling tourism industry. We’ve learned that Universal Orlando has now extended 5,400 workers furlough… possibly until 2021.



As shared by OrlandoSentinel: Universal Orlando has alerted the state that 5,400 furloughed employees won’t be back to work anytime soon as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is expected to stretch in 2021.

“Universal Orlando continues to experience unprecedented challenges with the economic effects likely to continue into next year,” Universal Orlando Resort’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Scot LaFerte wrote in a letter to officials. “As a full recovery will take time, the Company has had to make very difficult decisions.”


LaFerte said he did not expect the furloughs to be permanent for the 5,389 Universal employees across multiple departments. He noted the furloughs are until “further notice.”

Source: OrlandoSentinel

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