Disney and the council representing six unions at Walt Disney World are expected to go back to the bargaining table next week for the first time this year to discuss wages.
The discussions are expected to resume on Feb. 19, 2018, the Orlando Sentinel first reported.
On Dec. 20, 2017, Disney union members rejected a two-year contract offer that would have given them at least a 50-cent an hour raise. The Service Trades Council Union, a coalition of six unions that represents about 36,000 Disney employees, is 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.
Last month, the Walt Disney Company announced it was giving more than 125,000 of its employees worldwide a $1,000 cash bonus after the company received a massive corporate tax rate cut from 35 percent to 21 percent.