Wage negotiations have begun between Disney and its 38,000 employees represented by Service Trades Council Union. The employees seeking an increase in wage live in Central Florida and work on the Walt Disney World Resort full-time or part-time, seasonal student employees and interns are not included in the ongoing negotiations. Disney has proposed a 2.5% increase in wages, while Cast Members represented by the union are pushing to raise their average salary from $11.28 to $15.71.
38,000 employees is a large chunk of the Central Florida community, and Disney understands this significance. “Our starting Cast Members currently earn nearly $2 more an hour than Florida’s minimum wage for entry level jobs,” Disney said in a statement. “We will continue to negotiate in good faith with the union to reach a fair and reasonable agreement.”
If Disney and the Service Trades Council Union fail to agree on an increase in wages before October 24th, other benefits in the contract will open for discussion.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel