Disney and Union Workers have been struggling to strike a deal since summer of 2017, but there may be final consideration and resolution between the two parties with a new offer on the table from Disney. By 2021, Disney has offered to meet the Unions’ demands of minimum wage of $15 an hour. The unions make up nearly 40,000 of Disney’s workers, and even with this new offer, they aren’t ready to close the deal just yet.
Bob Harris, a Walt Disney World bus driver said this about the contract negotiations, “It’s on the table, but we have to give certain things back to the company to enable us to get that money.”
In December, the union workers rejected Disney’s initial offer of a 3% raise annually and a bonus of $200. It was an overwhelming shutdown of the offer, with 93% of voters rejecting the offer made. With this new offer, Disney is also offering to go back to the table and re-negotiate their contracts, with details like overtime pay.
Back in February, a federal complaint was filed by the unions against Walt Disney World for unfair labor practices. The company was accused of withholding $1,000 bonuses until new contract agreements had been reached, and if not, the bonus offers would expire August 31st, 2018.