Now, in a recent call from the local 362 union to members, leader Eric Clinton expressed that “if anyone thinks that College Program workers are coming back anytime soon, they are mistaken”. Upon the programs being terminated, the cast members were assured that they were departing on good terms with The Walt Disney Company, which served as an assurance that they may still be able to re-apply in the future. It can be assumed that this further delay in restarting the program will serve a further blow to many hopeful applicants.
This news does, however, potentially give reassurance to existing cast members, as there will be a high demand for employment in all the areas that College Program participants usually staff (which is everything from entertainment to merchandise). Last week, we reported that full-time cast members were offered a temporary position in the company in order to aid a speedier return to work. Perhaps this practice may be extended to seasonal and part-time cast members within the coming weeks before the parks reopen.
At this point, there has been little information given about when these amazing programs will start back up. Stay tuned to WDWNT for more details as the reports progress.