For Disney and its unionized employees at Walt Disney World, it’s back to the drawing board. A proposed contract for tens of thousands of service employees at the Florida theme park was rejected by union members.
According to reports, the idea didn’t go far enough to assist workers in adjusting to increases in the cost of living in housing and other expenses.
Out of 14,263 members who cast ballots on the contract on Friday, 13,650, according to the unions, rejected the proposal. Since August, negotiations for a new contract have been ongoing. Nearly 45,000 service personnel at the resort outside of Orlando are covered by the deal.
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who are members of the six unions that make up Disney World? The Service Trades Council Union coalition had sought an increase in the starting minimum pay from the previous contract’s starting minimum wage of $15 an hour to at least $18 an hour in the first year of the new contract.
By the fifth year of the five-year contract, the proposal that was rejected on Friday would have increased the beginning minimum pay for all service workers to $20 per hour, an increase of $1 annually for the vast majority of the people it covered.
According to the idea, some jobs would begin immediately at a minimum wage of $20, including housekeepers, bus drivers, and chefs.
According to the corporation, the proposal would have maintained a pension, added a 401(k), and given a $20 hourly wage to a fifth of those covered by the contract in the first year. It would also have provided eight weeks of paid time off for the birth of a new kid.
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According to Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger, “Our strong offer provides more than 30,000 Cast Members a roughly 10% on average raise immediately, as well as retroactive increased compensation in their paychecks, and we are sad that those increases are now delayed.”
This coming week, the Florida Legislature will meet to discuss the possibility of the state taking over Disney World’s self-governing district.
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