Disney reaches an agreement
Disney and its largest union have reached an agreement after months of negotiations.
A tentative contract agreement was reached Friday after a meeting with a federal mediator, a union representative said.
Members of the Service Trades Service Council will vote on the 3 1/2-year labor agreement on Feb. 25. The union represents more than 20,000 Walt Disney World employees.
Disney officials said the majority of the council has endorsed the company’s proposal, including a guaranteed pay raise for cast members of the next three years, a bonus pay ranging from $650 to $750 and a broad range of affordable health care plans.
Walt Disney World Resort officials said the company will continue to pay more than 70 percent of the cost of comprehensive coverage.
A union spokesman said he was optimistic that the agreement will be approved by the union’s members.
The spokesman said the major tipping point was a bonus for some employees.
The two sides began negotiations in September. Their contract has been extended several times since then.
“We appreciate the assistance of federal mediator Hank Groton in helping us reach a good and fair contract for our cast members,” said Steve Eisenhardt, vice president of labor relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Both sides worked hard and we are pleased we could find common ground. This deal acknowledges the contributions of our cast members and positions us all for continued success.”
Eisenhardt said Walt Disney World Resort continues to offer cast members other unique benefits, such as an on-site health and wellness center, subsidized child care, pre-tax bus passes, complimentary theme park admission, food and beverage discounts, VoluntEAR opportunities and exclusive access to Mickey’s Retreat, a 19-acre recreation complex.
The resort, with more than 3,000 job classifications and over 200 classes offered through Disney University, also offers numerous opportunities for cast members to move forward in their careers, with eight out of 10 promotions coming from within the company, Eisenhardt said.