Approximately 32,000 union workers at Walt Disney World will get raises of about $3 an hour by the end of the year and raises of about 37 percent of their current salaries by 2026 under a tentative five-year agreement.
Under a new agreement, subject to approval by Services Trades Council Union (STCU) members, every current Walt Disney World worker in the union will receive a raise between $5.50 and $8.60 by 2026, with the first $3 in raises this year. The minimum wage will increase from $15 to $18 by the year’s end.
“Securing an $18.00 minimum hourly rate this year, increasing the overall economic value of Disney’s original offer, and ensuring full back pay for every worker are the priorities union members were determined to fight for. Today, we won that fight,” said STCU President Matt Hollis.
In February, 14,000 union members voted to reject Disney’s previous $17 minimum hourly rate offer. Instead, they vowed to keep fighting for $18, which they successfully negotiated.
In January, hundreds of Sodexo workers at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando who were ready to strike reached an agreement. That included a historic minimum wage increase from $13 to $18.50 an hour and a pension.
“The hope was this increase would pave the way for other hospitality workers in Central Florida,” said Angie McKinnon, financial secretary-treasurer of Unite Here Local 737.
“Disney is one of biggest employers in Central Florida, and we are in a contract fight with them right now. What we won at the convention center will set a new standard in Central Florida,” said McKinnon at the time, and this is what has transpired.