Contract negotiations are set to resume between Disney and a coalition of unions at the Walt Disney World resort on February 19th.
As previously reported, the unions almost unanimously rejected a proposed contract on December 20th. At that time almost 93 percent of union voters rejected an offer that would have given at least a 50 cent per hour raise, plus a one-time $200 bonus for full-time employees and those who get tips. This is the first time the two sides will meet since then.
Just under 40,000 Disney employees are represented by the six unions that make up the Service Trades Council Union. Those employees include custodians, bus drivers, attractions workers, vacation planners and technicians who run the entertainment.
According to some Disney employees, they rejected the proposed contract because they believe they deserve higher wages and that they are struggling financially to make ends meet. Disney countered saying that they are already paying their employees close to $2 more than the minimum wage in Florida.
Source: Orlando Sentinel