Walt Disney World Cast Members are not happy as the Mega-Resort’s negotiations with labor unions have upended.
Disney Fanatic recently reported that Local Workers 737, which represents Orlando hotel and restaurant workers, released the following statement regarding Disney:
“They offered to increase most workers’ pay by only $1 per hour every year for 5 years. The Company also offered additional increases for Housekeepers, Cooks and Dishwashers. The Company said ‘No’ to all of the Union’s other economic proposals regarding pension, health insurance, guaranteed 40 hours, premiums and other important issues”
The Unions are fighting for an immediate wage increase to $18 an hour and to clear a path for everyone to earn $20 an hour. They have also continued to fight for other changes as well regarding Cast Member healthcare costs, retirement, and child bonding leave. Disney has since released the following statement:
We have presented a strong and meaningful offer that far outpaces Florida minimum wage by at least $5 an hour and immediately takes starting wages for certain roles including bus drivers, housekeepers and culinary up to a minimum of $20 an hour while providing a path to $20 for all other full-time, non-tipped STCU roles during the contract term.
This is not the first time Walt Disney World Resort has been tied up in labor disputes, and it will not be the last. It is unclear at this time if these labor disputes will have any impact on the Guest experience as the annual holiday season gets underway.
Tensions come amid the shakeup at Disney headquarters, which saw the immediate departure of Bob Chapek and the reinstatement of Bob Iger as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. They also come amid confusing times that spell “hiring freeze” and possible layoffs.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.