Disney World’s largest union collective, the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), has announced that they have reached a tentative agreement with Walt Disney World on a new contract for Cast Members. The STCU represents more than 45,000 Disney World Cast Members across 6 member unions. The negotiations date back to August 2022, 210 days of bargaining. It’s been 535 days since Disney World Cast Members last received a raise, according to STCU President Matt Hollis.
Under the new agreement, which is subject to approval by union members, every current theme park worker will receive a $3 increase in pay this year (in stages) and receive between $5.50 and $8.60 in increased pay over the life of the contract. The new contract would expire in 2026. The minimum wage would increase as follows:
- $16/hr retroactive to October 2022
- $17/hr when ratified
- $18/hr starting December 3, 2023
A vote on the new contract will be held next Wednesday, March 29th. Some of the increases announced with this tentative agreement include:
- Housekeeper: $17 to $20 immediately, $24/hr by October 2026
- Dishwasher: $15 to $18 immediately, $22/hr by October 2026
- Cook 2: $16.40 to $20 immediately, $24/hr by October 2026
- Chef Assistant: $20 to $24.60 immediately, $28.60 by October 2026
- Bus Driver: $18 to $20.50 immediately, $24.50 by October 2026
The agreement also provides for eight weeks of Child Bonding Leave, which is something not covered in the current contract. The minimum rate for all Cast Members will be $20.50 by October 2026 and $20 in 2026 for Cast Members hired after December 3, 2023
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