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.