Photo courtesy Unite Here Central Florida; used with permission

Disney Offers Union Workers Minimum Wage Raise by 2021

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.

Photo courtesy Unite Here Central Florida; used with permission

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.

SOURCE: WFTV

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Bill
Bill
3 years ago

Just curious, do you have any basis for the statement that the unions make up almost 40,000 workers? Florida is a right to work state and while all CMs in certain positions are technically covered by the contract, I know many that are not union members. I would be really surprised if the union actually has that many dues paying members. Secondly, I find it curious that the union filed an unfair labor practice charge for not paying the $1,000 bonus since it is clearly a negotiable item and the company has no legal obligation to pay it.

Paul C
Paul C
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill

Funny, that if the Union does collectively bargain a better package for it’s members (wages, healthcare, retirement, etc…) I bet non of your non dues paying “right to work” CM’s will refuse the increased benefits that resulted by said dues and the bargaining leverage of the collective. Adding merit to the turn of phrase: “right to work is the right to freeload”.

Bill
Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul C

Paul,
Perhaps true, but the union knew the rules when they organized. If they can’t make a compelling enough case to convince a CM to pay 1-2% of their wages as dues then that’s their problem.

I’m all for seeing CMs get paid a fair wage, but fair is in the eye of the beholder. If Disney finds it difficult to hire and retain CMs then I suspect they will make a better offer. If not, then you will continue to see the type of offer that Disney has on the table.

Paul C
Paul C
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill

A compelling case is hard to make when we live in a culture that has led people to believe that the hard working middle class doesn’t deserve the American Dream which I’m sure Walt would disagree with wholeheartedly considering how his CM’s show such ethic, commitment and determination to their jobs and mission… The simple truth is people freeload off of Union’s collective bargaining for two reasons: 1. Because they can… If they can get out of paying for something why shouldn’t they… let the other guy pay while I legally benefit and get it for free… A lack of… Read more »

Paul C
Paul C
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill

A compelling case is hard to make when we live in a culture that has led people to believe that the hard working middle class doesn’t deserve the American Dream which I’m sure Walt would disagree with wholeheartedly considering how his CM’s show such ethic, commitment and determination to their jobs and mission… The simple truth is people freeload off of Union’s collective bargaining for two reasons: 1. Because they can… If they can get out of paying for something why shouldn’t they… let the other guy pay while I legally benefit and get it for free… A lack of… Read more »

Deron Russ
Deron Russ
3 years ago

About time!! CM’s do one heck of a job!!

Paul C
Paul C
3 years ago
Reply to  Deron Russ

Amen!

They don’t make much, but you wouldn’t know it by how friendly I’ve always been treated by CM’s (both at the parks and resorts)… great people, and just as important and part of the magic as the parks themselves!

I hope their Union gets them a better quality of life… and it would be nice to know that the 10’s of thousands of dollars I’ve spent over the years isn’t just going to the very top of the Disney food chain.

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

The detail they left out is this comes with a 20% reduction in workforce. Things will not be getting better!