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Disney strikes deal with union members

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Aug 3, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Walt Disney World's union group has reached an agreement with the company. Last month, Disney offered a contract to the union that would raise minimum salaries for full-time employees to $10 an hour by 2016. The union voted on the contract and passed it through with 67% of the vote (7,000 employees voted). The Service Trades Council represents six Disney unions and 23,000 full-time employees.

The contract is good for five and a half years and will raise pay to $9 an hour this year and $9.50 next year. Newly hired employees will keep the current pension plan and health insurance premiums will stay the same for 2015.

George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, said, "I am proud we will be able to continue to provide our Cast an industry-leading employment package that reflects the important role they play in our guests' most special memories. Having started my career here as an hourly Cast Member, I know how crucial all roles are to the success of our resort."

A contract for part-time employees will begin negotiations soon.