Disney World & Cast Member Unions Make “Almost No Progress” In Latest Wage Negotiations

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The Walt Disney World Resort and the largest Cast Member union are poised to enter their fourth month of negotiations after making “almost no progress” earlier this month. has been tracking negotiations back to late August as the STCU and Disney attempt to solidify a contract for more than 40,000 Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort.

A statement from Local 737 paints a bit of a grim picture after Disney World was unable to present a “best offer” to the union for a member vote. The STCU collective, which Local 737 is a part of, is seeking a bump from $15/hr to $18/hr immediately, with yearly increases of $1/hr after that. Disney’s initial offer was $1/hr yearly, but starting at $16/hr instead of $18/hr. Here’s the statement from Local 737:

We made almost no progress in negotiations today. We ended the day by telling the Company that we want to see their best offer so that the members can vote on it. The Company said they were not prepared to do that today and that they will send us a date for our next bargaining meeting. We will let you know as soon as the next meeting is scheduled. We continue to be clear that a $1 raise is not enough! We will fight until we win!

The STCU held a Cast Member protest during the negotiations, but a deal was not reached.

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