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Walt Disney World Reaches Tentative Agreement With Union With Historic Wage Increases

Walt Disney World Reaches Tentative Agreement With Union With Historic Wage Increases

The union which represents 45,000 theme park workers and Walt Disney World reached a tentative agreement that would raise the starting minimum wage from $15 to $18 an hour by the end of the year.

The Services Trades Council Union said the agreement would raise theme park worker pay between $5.50 and $8.60 by the end of the contract, with the first $3 in raises arriving this year.

An $18 minimum hourly rate for the theme park employees would begin this year.

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“Securing an $18 minimum hourly rate this year, increasing the overall economic value of Disney’s original offer, and ensuring full back pay for every worker are the priorities union members were determined to fight for,” said Matt Hollis, head of the coalition of unions. “Today, we won that fight.”

Jeff Vahle, President of the Walt Disney World Resort, released a statement. “Our cast members are central to Walt Disney World’s enduring magic, which is why we are pleased to have reached this tentative agreement,” he said. “Disney is proud to offer an industry-leading employment package that includes comprehensive benefits and affordable medical coverage, in addition to 100 percent paid tuition for higher education for hourly employees through the Disney Aspire program. With the support of the unions, we anticipate cast members will approve this new agreement.”

The contract with the service workers includes costumed performers, bus drivers, culinary workers, lifeguards, theatrical workers, and hotel housekeepers, representing more than half of the 70,000-plus workforce at Disney World.

The vote to ratify the proposed contract is set to be completed by next Wednesday (March 29).

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