Disney union workers rally for pay raise after previous bargaining meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Disney workers chanted and carried signs during a Thursday rally at the Disney World entrance.


Union leaders and Disney officials said they would continue negotiating a new cast member contract.

The company has offered to gradually raise the workers’ pay to $20 an hour over the next five years.

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But the union said the pay increases are happening slower than they would prefer.

“The message is pretty clear; you hear it in the background,” Mark Hollis, union president, said. “Disney workers need a raise (and) need it now; now is when that cost of living is impacting these workers.”

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Disney released a statement Thursday:

“We look forward to resuming discussions with the union and reaching an agreement that raises cast member wages.”

Another bargaining meeting is scheduled for next week.

Read: Disney World to resume contract negotiations with unionized cast members

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