Negotiations between Disney workers, union extended to December

By: Ken Tyndall

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Negotiations were called off Tuesday between Disney and its largest workers union and there's still no deal.

 

The negotiating deadline was extended to Dec. 1.

 

Last week, thousands of Disney workers demonstrated in support of the raises.

 

Workers will continue under their existing agreement through Dec. 1. There will be no changes for park goers.

 

The union is not talking about where things stand at the bargaining table.

 

It's a big change from the previous negotiation when the union was vocal about its demands.

 

Last Thursday, hundreds of unionized workers staged a rally outside the crossroads entrance to Disney World.

 

Demonstrators marched through the intersection for nearly two hours, holding signs and slowing traffic to a crawl.

 

They also had a mock-up of a Disney bus moving through the crosswalks as they called on Disney to pay them more.

 

Orange County deputies eventually showed up and broke up the rally.

 

Tension has been rising since the union first re-opened wage negotiations in July.

 

The unions represent 38,000 Disney workers--everybody from food and beverage workers to ride operators--who have a current minimum pay of $10 an hour.

 

Disney, Orlando's biggest employer with about 74,000 employees, said cast members already earn nearly $2 an hour more than the Florida minimum wage for entry-level roles.

 

The company agrees workers deserve a raise, which is why it is offering up to a 5 percent raise over the next two years for most existing cast members.

 

The union wants the average pay to increase up to $15 an hour.

 

The union and Disney are expected to return to the bargaining table Nov. 28.

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