After nearly a year of negotiations, it looks like a Disney wage increase could be closer to happening!
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.
Union members spent time until late Tuesday meeting about the new 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.”
“It’s on the table, but we have to give certain things back to the company to enable us to get that money,” said Bob Harris, a Walt Disney World bus driver.
Disney has confirmed their offer of $15/hour by 2021 as well as a re-negotiation of other contract terms.
Union demonstrations have been happening since last summer and in December of 2017 union members rejected Disney’s offer of an annual 3 percent raise (stating of minimum of $0.50/hour) and a $200 bonus.
Even thought the offer by Disney is more in line with what the workers were hoping for, they haven’t signed on the dotted line just yet.
“The tax breaks are permanent. The company now knows the tax structure, the tax liability they have into the future,” said Shawn Britton of Teamsters Local 385. “There’s no reason why they cannot offer a really good raise.”
At this point no dates have been set to bring the unions and Disney back to the table together. It is also not known at this point if the unions will bring this current offer to their members for a vote.
At present time, Disney is looking to hire 3,500 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees. There are a number of upcoming careers fairs in the next fews weeks. A bonus of up to $3,000 is being offered to eligible candidates.
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