Union workers vote down Disney World’s wage offer

Disney World union members have rejected a two-year contract offer that would have given them at least a 50-cent an hour raise.

About 93 percent of the 10,000 votes cast were against the contract at a Dec. 20, 2017 meeting, according to the Service Trades Council Union, a coalition of six unions that represents about 36,000 Disney employees.

The Council Union has said they are seeking  cost-of-living raises for longtime cast members and simplified schedules for pay increases. They are looking to speed up when starting pay for cast members will be $15 an hour. Currently, members would get to that level in 2028.

In 2014, Disney and the union negotiated a minimum wage of $10 for cast members and the contract allows the union to reopen wage talks in 2017.

 

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.

 

Union leaders will meet again in February to review next steps, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“We are disappointed that the union rejected our fair and reasonable offer of a 6 to 10 percent wage increase over the next two years and we will continue to work with the union on negotiations,” a Disney spokeswoman said in a statement.

Wednesday’s failed deal would have given full-time and part-time Disney employees a 3 percent or a 50-cent raise — whichever was higher — retroactive to Sept. 24 and again in September 2018. Tipped employees were not eligible for the salary increase under the proposal, but would have received a one-time $200 bonus.