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The Wall Street Journal: Disney strikes deal with unions to require showing proof of COVID-19 vaccinations

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Walt Disney Co. reached a deal with unions representing workers at Disney World in Florida that will require workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, among the first private-sector unions to reach such a deal.

The deal between Disney
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and the Services Trades Council Union will require around 40,000 workers to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 22, according to the agreement, with exemptions considered for medical or religious reasons.

Unions so far have generally accepted initial efforts by

U.S. employers to require vaccinations, labor officials said, while pushing for input into medical exemptions and timing of policies that many workers haven’t encountered before. Disney has said that vaccines are the right step for the safety of its employees.

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In the first weekend after Disney announced the mandate, the union received fewer than 10 calls from people concerned about it, he said. With those numbers, the union has focused on the details of how the requirement is implemented versus fighting it, he said, even if a portion of members oppose it.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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