Union to vote on latest Disney contract offer

By: Ken Tyndall

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Disney put an offer on the table Thursday to 38,000 unionized workers, but depending on whom you talk to, the pay raise offer could be considered generous or unfair.

Disney workers currently make a minimum of $10 per hour but union leaders had asked that to be increased to $15.

The company’s current offer is a 3 percent raise per year for two years, an immediate 50-cent hourly pay raise for current employees and a $200 up-front cash payment.

United Food and Commercial Workers president Ed Chambers said he would be recommending his 6,000 members take the deal.

“That 50 cents an hour, for the bulk of my members, will look good,” he said. “That’s going to help buy groceries.”

Eric Clinton, president of UNITE HERE Local 362, said the offer isn’t enough.

“People who make $10 an hour who get a 50-cent raise are still poor,” he said.

Photos: Employees rally outside Disney World demanding more pay

Disney bus driver Shawn Britton said he would be voting no on the offer when it is presented to the union in December.

“I think they’re trying to buy it with the $200 bonus, which I don’t think sits very well with a lot of people,” he said.

Disney employee Elvis White, though, said he would be voting yes.

“I think this is a reasonable offer for our cast members to step into and vote on and ratify,” he said. “And with the ratification bonus, I think it’s going to be something nice to have for Christmas.”

Both sides of the talks agreed to extend the current contract for another 30 days.

The vote on the contract offer is set to take place Dec. 19 and 20.

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