Disney World Unions Advocating for Higher Hourly Rate for Cast Members
Disney workers are currently under contract negotiations and six unions representing workers in the Service Trades Council are advocating for Cast Members to turn down the offer. The unions argues that the hourly wage being offered is NOT in line with the cost of living in Central Florida.
According to a recent piece on Fox 35, Disney is offering cast members an immediate 10% increase. However, cast members and unions want to see more of a raise.
In a statement a Disney spokesperson said that they’re proposing a 10% average increase in addition to guaranteed raises for the next four years. This puts non-tipped Cast Members on a track to earn at least a $20 starting wage. This means that some cast members will be getting hourly increases of 33- 46%.
Disney also added that they will be keeping the current pension program along with introducing new 401K options.
There are six unions recommended that Cast Members vote no on Disney’s proposal and advocate for a better pay rate.
A press release from the unions argues that for some workers, the wage increase only amounts to an increase of $1 per hour which isn’t adequate given the cost-of-living crisis in Central Florida. The $1 raise is what would be given to over 30,000 cast members according to the unions. Instead of the offer currently on the table, the unions would like to see workers earning a starting wage of $18 per hour.
This is a story that we here at MickeyBlog will continue to follow closely as we suspect that negotiations will follow this week. You can check out the original story at Fox 35 here.
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