No Deal For Walt Disney World and Union, Negotiations Cut Off
After nearly nine hours of negotiations today, no progress was made on a new deal between Walt Disney World and the Service Trades Council.
The meeting was the first since union members rejected Disney’s last offer on February 3rd.
According to union members, Walt Disney World “refused to add even one cent” to their last proposal. In fact union reps say that the latest offer by Disney was “worse” than the previous one.
One union representative added that the new offer “reduced retroactive pay for thousands of workers”.
In early February, Disney proposed a new contract offer that would have given Cast Members an immediate $1 raise to all hourly, full-time Cast Members and “retroactive increased pay in their paychecks”.
The Service Trades Council Union wanted an immediate $18 per hour minimum wage for the 42,000 Disney employees it represents.
“Give us a livable wage, that’s all we ask.” Nicholas Maldonado, who works primarily in merchandising at Disney’s outlet store, told Spectrum News. “We love what we do but how can we continue to make magic if we are continuing struggling?”
Pressure From Universal Orlando
Following Universal Studios Orlando’s announcement that they would be raising their minimum wage to $17 an hour, there had been thought that the increased pressure could push the two sides together.
Perhaps more surprising then the two side’s inability to reach an agreement, is that according to Spectrum News, union leaders to not plan on returning to negotiations on Thursday as previously expected.
Despite this, in a statement, the union said that it would announce “public actions soon”.
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