More than 175 employees at entertainment-related companies in Burbank likely will be laid off starting in December, many as a result of outsourcing custodial services, studio representatives said.
Sixty-seven workers at Walt Disney Studios — mostly janitors, along with a few floor waxers — were given notices that will go into effect by Dec. 1, according to the California Employment Development Department.
The company decided to contract out janitorial services on its studio lot, representatives said.
“We chose to outsource the service,” said spokeswoman Michelle Bergman. “We anticipate that they’ll all be hired by the vendor we’ve chosen.”
The employees are currently unionized and represented by SEIU United Service Workers West.
The union has been negotiating with Disney representatives for months regarding the change, said Dave Stilwell, assistant to the union’s president.
The main sticking point is that Disney does not want the new vendor to participate in the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans, which provides health and retirement benefits to workers, Stilwell said.