UPDATE (7/27/17)- On Wednesday July 26th, the STCU announced their priorities for upcoming negotiations. The Orlando Sentinel outlined what was discussed:
- “Acceleration toward a ‘living wage’ for all workers. The union claims 8,000 of its members are making $10 an hour now, and those positions won’t rise to $15 per hour until 2028 under the current deal.”
- “Cost-of-living raises for veteran employees who were hired as far back as the 1970s. According to the union, some longer-term employees haven’t been getting the same raises as newer employees.”
- “Simplified schedules for pay increases for all employee classifications.”
The first topic for negotiation will be the wage issue; talks will begin on August 28th and could last until October 24th. If both sides cannot reach an agreement by then, they will move on to other issues. –
The Service Trades Council Union has plans to reopen wage negotiations with the Walt Disney World Resort. The 38,000 member union represents a wide range of Walt Disney World service workers including housekeepers, bus drivers, lifeguards, and other Cast Members.
Back in 2014, the STCU and Disney came to an agreement on a $10 minimum wage to start in 2016. Disney has subsequently extended that starting wage to all its union and non-union Orlando employees. Soon after that, various Orlando companies followed suit and raised their minimum wages. Details of the negotiations are expected to come out later today.
Jacquee Wahler, VP of communications for Disney World, said, “We plan to put forth an overall employment package that is fair and equitable for the cast and the company.”
Source: Orlando Sentinel