Even though some Cast Members remain furloughed, those currently working in certain fields are getting a raise. Those working in Housekeeping or Food & Beverage are getting a raise in hourly wages.
The Local 737 Union issued this comment on social media.
“Are Disney workers getting our Union raises next month? YES! On October 4, the minimum pay for Food & Beverage workers goes up from $13 to $14. For Housekeeping, the minimum pay goes up from $15 to $16. Any worker who earns above the minimum will get a raise of 75 cents. Workers have lost a lot in the Covid crisis, but the Union contract keeps us strong!”
This news of a raise comes weeks after reporting a different statistic. About 10,000 out of the 18,000 Disney hotel housekeepers and food/beverage workers in Unite Here Local 737 haven’t returned to work yet, said Jeremy Haicken, a leader of the union.
The theme parks, which once never had a slow time in the year, are cutting expenses. After a $2 billion dollar quarterly loss, Disney World plans to shorten park hours starting in September.
At Universal Orlando, an undisclosed number of employees were laid off July 31, 2020. Even SeaWorld Orlando is no longer open seven days a week. They delayed the opening of its next major roller coaster.