After a delay in negotiations due to Hurricane Ian, the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) and Walt Disney World returned to the bargaining table yesterday but were unable to finalize details for a new contract for more than 41,000 Walt Disney World cast Members.
According to Local 737, one of the six union members of the STCU, they were seeking a raise of $5 over the next three years for all of their members. Instead, Disney offered $1 per year over five years – extending the time to reach the $5 raise the union sought. Disney World did offer additional increases for Housekeepers, Cooks, and Dishwashers, but the union says a deal was not struck and negotiations will continue.
In lieu of an agreement, the union signed an extension of the current contract through the end of October, buying some more time to negotiate with Disney over wages, pensions, health insurance, and more issues.
Another member union of the STCU, Local 362, noted that negotiations will continue on October 10th and 11th. The STCU says they’re committed to negotiating a good deal for Cast Members who were considered essential front-line workers when the theme parks reopened following the COVID-19 shutdowns.
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