orlando, florida – Workers in Disney’s union are on the verge of rejecting the company’s wage offer, claiming the pay increase is not enough to cover the cost of living in Central Florida.
The company said the offer would immediately guarantee cast members nearly 10% of the average pay increase, but employees said it wasn’t enough.
In a statement to FOX 35, a Disney spokesperson said, “This very strong offer provides our cast members with an immediate price increase of nearly 10% on average and guaranteed pay increases for the next four years. , we promise cast members who don’t tip at least $20, starting salaries for the duration of their contracts, with the majority seeing a 33% to 46% increase in that time.”
All six unions representing workers in the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) encourage their members to vote against Disney’s contract proposals to continue the fight for better wage rates.
A press release from the union said:
“Disney is proposing a $1 annual price increase for most workers, but $1 is not enough to cover the cost of living crisis workers are facing in Central Florida. Other costs are skyrocketing, and workers are in dire straits.” The offer leaves behind a clear majority of the workforce and offers only a $1 pay raise for more than 30,000 cast members. “
However, Disney said 25% of STCU roles without a tip reach $20 an hour in the first year of their contracts, and nearly a third of STCU cast members get a 16% hourly wage increase.
Disney’s offer also includes current annuities and introduces additional 401K options.
The union is asking Disney to pay its employees $18 an hour immediately.