At a protest today Unite Here of Central Florida is stating that Disney is withholding tax cut bonuses from 38,000 Cast Members!
Disney withholds tax cut bonus from 38,000 low paid Cast Members! #UniteHere #DisneyRaise
Posted by UNITE HERE Central Florida on Monday, February 19, 2018
More information was posted on their Facebook page:
In January, Disney announced a $1,000 bonus for 125,000 U.S. employees following the Trump administration’s recent tax cut. However, Disney today withheld that bonus from 38,000 unionized Orlando employees who are negotiating a wage increase. Disney has conditioned payment of the $1,000 bonus on the Union’s acceptance of the same wage proposal rejected by a 93% margin in a membership vote taken in December.
The $1,000 has been offered unconditionally to over 80,000 employees who are either not unionized or are covered by unions not currently negotiating contracts. But according to Disney’s proposal in Orlando, if the unionized employees do not accept Disney’s offer by August 31, “the bonus offer will expire.”
In response, the Union has filed a Federal Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The charge alleges that Disney is discriminating against the 38,000 Orlando employees who are negotiating a raise.
“At a time when Disney expects a yearly windfall of $1.6 billion, Disney is discriminating against 38,000 of some of its lowest paid Cast Members,” said Angie McKinnon, Financial Secretary Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 737. “Using the $1,000 bonus to force Cast Members to accept low wages amounts to extortion.”
“The Cast Members I work with already said no to $.50 raises back in December,” said Madeline Johnson, an attractions Cast Member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We’re not going to be tricked by a $1,000 bribe, especially when other Disney Cast Members are getting the $1,000 with no strings attached.”
Following today’s negotiations, the six member unions of the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) will hold a press conference today at 5 pm at the Park Inn by Radisson to comment further.
The 6 STCU unions are: Teamsters Local 385, UNITE HERE Local 362, UNITE HERE Local 737, UFCW Local 1625, TCU District 1908 and IATSE Local 631.
Disney was not available for comment but as soon as we hear something we will share it here on Chip and Co.
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