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SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 - WALT DISNEY WORLD
Cast Members approve Disney offer to raise starting pay to one of the highest entry-level wages in the U.S. service industry.
With unanimous support from union leaders, Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort today
overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract that sets them on the path to $15 an hour starting wage by 2021, representing one of the highest entry-level wages within the service industry in the United States.
This historic collective bargaining agreement will raise starting pay by 50 percent for more than 37,000 Cast Members in a variety of roles represented by the Service Trades Council Union, (STCU) including lifeguards, bus drivers and housekeepers. It also demonstrates Disney's continued investment in the future of its Cast Members.
"Our 50 percent wage increase will have a real, meaningful impact on our Cast and their families -- and is part of our commitment to the thousands of Cast Members who make magic for our guests each and every day," said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Increasing wages for Cast Members represents a significant investment in Central Florida, and will provide a powerful boost to the local economy."
This industry-leading shift to $15 an hour will be phased in over the next three years beginning in December when starting pay for hourly, non-tipped Cast Members will increase to $11 an hour. In March 2019, starting rates will rise to $12 an hour; $13 an hour in September 2019; $14 an hour in October 2020; and finally, $15 an hour in October 2021
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