Disney workers unions urges members to reject latest contract offer

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Members of the Service Trades Council unions, which represents 45,000 Disney workers, are encouraging members to reject a new contract offer from the company.

At issue is a pay increase for the first year of the contract.


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The unions says Disney is proposing raises of $1 a year for most workers, but leaders say that is not enough to cover the increasing cost of living.

The unions wants a $3 dollar per hour raise next year and a three-year contract.

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Disney said that their offer would get all cast members to $20 per hour by the end of the contract.

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In an official statement, Disney further broke down what that means.

“This very strong offer provides our Cast Members with a nearly 10% average increase immediately and guaranteed raises for the next four years with every single non-tipped Cast Member promised at least a $20 starting wage during the contract, and the majority seeing a 33% to 46% increase during that time.”

The contract with the unions expired in October and both sides have been negotiating since then.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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