BREAKING: Walt Disney World Agrees to Raise Minimum Wage for Union Workers to $15

Today, Disney and The Service Trades Council Union announced an agreement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for the 38,000 union workers at Walt Disney World.

Under the agreement, the minimum wage for union workers would rise to $11 in December, $13 in September 2019, $14 in October 2020, and $15 in October 2021. In addition, union workers will receive a $1,000 bonus.

Union employees are set to vote on the agreement on September 5th and 6th. Robbin Almand, Vice President of Labor Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, had this to say:

“We are thrilled our Cast Members will have the chance to vote on what is one of the highest entry-level service wages in the country. This represents a 50 percent bump in pay bringing starting wages to $15 an hour by 2021.”

The Service Trades Council Union and Walt Disney World had been negotiating on this new deal for over a year. This new deal, should it be approved by union employees in September, would expire in 2022.

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human
human
2 years ago

what a sham….. 15 an hour in 3 years, when the company will be printing money during the 50th anniversary, sad day for employees everywhere, sad day, these castmembers deserve MORE.

parkay
parkay
2 years ago
Reply to  human

According to the website CryoFreezer33, this is exactly the same deal (i.e., 50¢ raise) that union members overwhelmingly turned down last December with Disney. It seems the Services Trade Council Union sold out and betrayed their due-paying members to the Walt Disney Co. This is a complete farce.

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

While this is may be good news for many cast members, I guess we can expect a pretty substantial raise in ticket and other prices to cover this added cost over the next year or so.

Monorail Purple
Monorail Purple
2 years ago
Reply to  Jason

Incorrect, Disney does not price tickets based on underlying costs. They charge what the market will pay. If they thought they could make more money by charging more, they’d already be charging that amount.

Patti
Patti
2 years ago
Reply to  Jason

Agreed!

Bill
Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Jason

Disney has already raised prices way past inflation enough to cover this not to mention added parking fees and cut staffing. They can afford to make a few bucks less.

Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan Johnson
2 years ago

Target will start you out at $12 an hour today. Disney could do the same.

Bob Parr
Bob Parr
2 years ago

Yup, They’re just going to transfer those costs to the customer. Watch for major league price increases for park entry, hotels, etc.

Disney will very soon be pricing the regular people out of their parks and it will be only the wealthy that will be able to afford it.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

When it comes to entertainment pricing is based on supply/demand curve (elasticity of demand) not labor cost. Disney will continue to raise prices if they think its going to make them more money, regardless of whether wages go up or not.

Al Walker
Al Walker
2 years ago

Needs to be doubled!

Sean
Sean
2 years ago

wow, those photopass photographers really need to join a union then. they make the company a HUGE amount of money and aren’t getting paid close to 15 bucks