After more than two years a contract dispute between the taxing district that serves Walt Disney World and its firefighters’ union may soon be over. Reedy Creek Improvement District Administrator, John Classe made the announcement at a board meeting today. No details were given other than that a tentative agreement has been made between the firefighters union and his staff. Next, the union members will vote on it. If all goes well, the board of the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek district would then approve the contract next month.
Reedy Creek Firefighters Association president Tim Stromsnes said, “The firefighters got 96 percent of what I asked for, I feel really good and I think we finally got where we need to be.” Stromsnes said he will drop plans for pursuing legislation that would have made magistrates’ decisions binding in Reedy Creek union disputes.
Most of the 210 employees covered by the union contract would receive pay increases worth an average of 4.7 percent. Workers would also receive $5,000 to cover the time they worked without pay increases due to the fact there had been no contract agreement. Stromsnes was unsuccessful in trying to negotiate a bigger pay jump for about 40 emergency workers in the theme parks, bringing them up to what dispatchers earn.
The union did not get a provision it wanted that would have required the district to cover 90 percent of health insurance costs. However, the union will be involved in selecting an insurance plan. And even though the district won’t provide the procedure directly, it will provide money for a specialized type of body scan the firefighters had wanted, Stromsnes said.
A special shout out to all the brave men and women at RCFD, ” Thank you all so much for keeping us safe while visiting Disney.” Comment below if you agree.
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