Disney Offers $15 Minimum Wage in Negotiations with Union Members

By Sahid Fawaz

CNN Money reports on the latest in negotiations between Disney and union members:

“Service Trades Council Union representatives in Florida head to the bargaining table this week to discuss the latest offer from Disney, which would include wage hikes for about 34,000 workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando. It would lift their minimum wage from $10 per hour to $15 per hour by fall of 2021.

Disney says that marks the largest increase to starting wages it’s ever offered.

But while workers in Orlando are anxious to nab the wage hikes, there’s still some hesitation.

‘The devil is in the details,’ said Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here Local 362, an affiliate of the Service Trades Council Union.

There are terms in Disney’s latest proposal that are a no-go for the union, Clinton said. They include rules that would affect how the employees are paid for working overtime and holidays, and change how their schedules are made.

Disney is set to meet with union representatives to negotiate on June 8.

The company declined to comment on the issues union representatives have raised with its latest proposal.

Despite his qualms, Clinton, the union executive, said he’s cautiously optimistic they will reach a deal this month. Any agreed upon terms will have to be voted on by union members.

Disney’s offer would also give workers $1,000 bonuses, which had already been announced but that the company has been withholding until a new contract is inked.

Deal or no deal, the union plans to push forward with its fight to force Disney to hand over the bonuses.”

For the rest of the story, visit CNN Money here.

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