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Disney union members rally for raises

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Feb 26, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Union employees at Walt Disney World held a rally this week to let Disney know that they want raises. The rally, held Monday, February 24, was attended by hundreds of housekeepers, restaurant staff and ride operators. In one week, the six unions will begin negotiations with Disney for raises, cheaper benefits and better pension plans. These unions represent 20,000 Disney cast members.

On Sunday, February 23, Disney raised admission prices for the theme parks, so workers are saying the company can afford to give raises. Union president, Jeremy Cruz-Haicken, said, "What we are really looking forward to is talking with Disney about how that is going to translate into wages and benefits for our people who work so hard to make the magic for the guests at Disney."

Isaie Marc, a cook at one of Disney's All-Star Resorts, says that he loves his job and working for Disney, but needs more money to support his family. Marc said, "Two thirds of our people we represent, they're not making enough money. They're making less than $10 an hour, so hopefully the company will look at that."

Disney responded by saying that the employees who are making less than $10 per hour are just part time and that many of the union workers have been at Disney for over 10 years. Jacquee Wahler, Disney spokesperson, said, "The majority of Service Trade Council cast members have been with the company for over 10 years which is higher than the average for this type of role, so they are staying here with us because we offer not only a leading pay and benefits package but also we offer great programs like on site child care and an on site clinic."