Disney World is Heading Toward $10 an Hour Starting Pay

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Many big companies are slowly moving toward raising their starting pay, Disney World has joined them! This is huge, it will improve the lives of so many Cast Members who work very hard in the parks to make our vacations magical. Disney also has a huge influence in the business world so hopefully some other companies will follow their lead.

A contract with Disney World’s union group, the Service Trades Council, would raise the minimum hourly pay to $10 in 2016 for more than 23,000 full-time workers if it all goes well next week. It would gradually increase starting this year going from $8.03 to $9. That is higher then Florida’s minimum wage.

“There’s a movement across this country to raise the minimum wage,” said Ed Chambers, the council’s president. “Disney’s just ahead of the curve. They probably anticipate that by that time [2016] it will be the going rate. Why not take a leader position in raising the standards for everybody?

Sea World and Universal raised their minimum starting hourly pay to $9 in June, even though they are not unionized.

By paying more not only will it help the Cast Members live a better life but it will prevent turnover and will help Cast Members focus on customer service.

Part- Timers will not be left out. There is another Disney contract for them in the Service Trades Council that will be negotiated later on. It will also will include the offer of a gradual increase to $10. About half  of Disney’s workforce is represented by this union.

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