More than 5K team members placed on extended furlough at Universal Orlando Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 5,000 team members at Universal Orlando Resort might not get back to work until next year.

The company placed more than 5,300 employees at the parks and other properties on an extended furlough.

The workers have already been furloughed for months since the beginning of the pandemic.

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In a letter, Scot LaFerte, the company’s senior vice president, said he didn’t expect the furloughs to be permanent.

“Although their furloughs are not expected to be permanent, this grouping of affected Team Members will continued to be furloughed until further notice,” he wrote.

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Positions that saw the most people furloughed were in dining and merchandise.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.