Disney employees mulling over company’s latest offer in union negotiations

 

n the latest round of union negotiations, Disney has proposed giving full-time and part-time employees a 50-cent or a 3 percent raise annually for the next two years.

The offer comes after this week’s salary talks between Disney World and the Service Trades Council Union, a coalition of six unions that represent about 36,000 people.

Disney union members will vote whether or not to accept the new contract Dec. 19-20.

If they support it, employees would get a 3 percent or a 50-cent raise — whichever is higher — retroactive Sept. 24, according to Ed Chambers, president of the union coalition.

In September 2018, they would receive another 50-cent or 3 percent raise.

The increase does not apply to tipped employees, Chambers said.

Full-time and tipped Disney employees would also receive a $200 one-time bonus this year, under the proposal.

Healthcare costs would not increase in 2018, Chambers added.

Some Disney union leaders have pushed for higher wages to help employees get out of poverty and said they don’t believe the latest offer is good enough.

“We agree that our Cast Members deserve a raise,” Disney said in a statement and has pointed out previously it pays employees nearly $2 more than the minimum wage.

The two sides began negotiating this summer over wages and have struggled to reach a consensus. Disney requested a federal mediator brought in after one bargaining session because of the gap between what both sides wanted.

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