Largest Disney World Cast Member Union Plans Protest Over Low Wages

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Disney World’s largest Cast Member union collective, the Services Trade Council Union (STCU), is planning to publicly protest over low wages for Disney World Cast Members. The protest was announced by Local 737, one of six union members of the STCU. Currently, the protest is planned for November 30th, but additional details such as a time and location have not been announced.

…we made very little progress in our negotiations with Disney. We continued to emphasize that a $1 raise in 2022 does not help workers live during historic inflation. When a company tells us “No,” we don’t back down. So all 6 Unions decided that it is time to take our message to the public. We are planning a large protest on Wednesday, November 30. As soon as we have more details, we will share them…

Local 737 statement

The STCU is currently in the midst of negotiating a new contract with The Walt Disney World Resort for more than 41,000 Cast Members. Negotiations over wage have reached an impasse, prompting the protest. Disney World has proposed a $1 raise over 5 years, whereas the STCU is proposing a $5 raise over 3 years – shortening the time it would take for Cast Members to reach $20/hr.

In a report released by Local 737, it was revealed just how much tourism workers are struggling in Central Florida. The union says that Cast Members need an immediate raise to $18 just to keep pace with a living wage in Central Florida.

Disney World Cast Members currently have a minimum wage of $15, which is more than $3/hr below living wage in Central Florida.

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