Disneyland Resort has agreed to raise the hourly wage of more than 8,600 workers to $15 in January as part of a new contract with unions representing ride operators, ticket takers, retail sales clerks, janitors and parking attendants among others. Union members spent time the beginning of summer in meeting about the new hourly wage offer.”The company has given us a proposal. They’ve given an offer today,” said Angie McKinnon of Unite Here Local 737. “Our bargaining committee is reviewing it. At this time, we have no further comment.”
38,000 union members have been demanding a minimum wage increase to $15/hour and Disney is now saying that they are willing to meet that demand by 2021. It’s not a done deal yet though because Disney is also wanting to re-negotiate other aspects of workers’ contracts, including overtime pay.
Disney originally confirmed their offer of $15/hour by 2021. But it looks as though it may go in effect as soon as January.
The contract immediately boosts those workers’ minimum pay to $13.25 an hour from $11, followed by the jump to $15 next year.
“The cost of living in Orange County is incredibly high,” Josh D’Amaro, president of the Disneyland Resort, wrote in an email. “There are broad societal issues that communities are grappling with and no one company or entity alone can solve them.
“But we want to do our part. The resort is taking a leadership position on wages in O.C., and we are committed to providing not just an exceptional employment experience, but real, meaningful increases in pay as well.”
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