Possible agreement reached between Disney and unions
| Posted: Jul 18, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Walt Disney World
may have reached a contract agreement with their largest union after five months of negotiations. Disney has confirmed that a tentative agreement is in place with the Service Trades Council Union, the group that represents six affiliate unions and 30,000 Disney cast members.
The new agreement would raise starting wages to $9 per hour, with an increase to $9.50 in 2015 and an increase to $10 per hour in 2016. The contract would be valid through 2020.
Ed Chambers, the union president, said, "Overall we are very pleased. We were able to obtain hourly wage increases for all cast members without any additional health care costs through 2015."
The union still needs to vote to make the agreement official. The current contract extension was to expire at midnight last night, July 17; the union will vote on the new contract August 1.
The Service Trades Council Union represents cast members in a variety of roles, including food and beverage, transportation, custodial, retail, entertainment and attractions.