Disney World has proposed a salary increase for its current employees, but wants to keep starting pay at $10 an hour, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
Disney has proposed a 2.5 percent salary increase for current employees during the first time Disney and members of the Service Trades Council Union, which are six unions representing 38,000 employees, met on Monday.
The union council did not provide specific details of is counterproposal other than saying it raises the average slurry of an employee from $11.28 an hour to $15.71, the Sentinel reported.
In 2014, Disney agreed to increase the starting salary from $8.10 to $10 an hour by 2016.
“Our starting Cast Members currently earn nearly $2 more an hour than Florida’s minimum wage for entry level jobs,” Disney said in a statement. “We will continue to negotiate in good faith with the union to reach a fair and reasonable agreement.”
Disney said that with overtime and premium pay, the average salary is closer to $13.34 an hour.
Disney World is the only unionized theme park in Orlando, but what it pays will have an impact on other hospitality workers due to the size of its workforce. Most of the other theme parks will most likely follow suit.
This was the first day of negotiations.