Walt Disney World Union Cast Members Receive Pay Raise Amist Layoffs

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Close up picture of the new pink and blue paint job on cinderella castle in Walt Disney World

There is a bit of good news for some Disney employees today. According to the Unite Here Union for Orlando Hotel and Restaurant workers, Walt Disney World union members have received a raise. With Housekeeping getting a $16 an hour minimum and Food and Beverage workers getting $14 minimum. The amounts are determined by positions.

The post said the following:

RAISES ARE TODAY: October 4! $16 minimum for Housekeeping. $14 minimum for most Food & Beverage workers.

The raises apply to the almost 9,000 Housekeeping and Food & Beverage workers who are back at work. If you are still on furlough, you will get the raise whenever you are called back to work.
Use the pictures posted here to find out how much your raise is. First, find your exact job title, then look for your current wage on the row called “Eff 9/29/2019”. Your new wage is immediately below your current wage on the row called “Eff 10/4/2020”.
The raises for Tipped workers are on December 27, but you will get the October 4 raise whenever you take paid time off.
We fought hard for these raises back in 2017 and 2018. At a time of economic crisis when many non-union companies are freezing and cutting their workers’ pay, our Union contract protects us!
WHAT ABOUT LAYOFFS? All 6 Unions of the Service Trades Council continue to talk with Disney about their announcement. How many full-time and part-time Cast Members will be affected, how long health insurance and recall rights will continue and many other issues crucial to Cast Members are on the table. As soon as more information becomes available, we will notify our members.
The good news of the raises come just as many are going to be laid off from Walt Disney World. They fight for better wages and then this happens. At this time we know that a lot of those impacted are non-union or part-time, but the exact breakdown has yet to be disclosed. The unions are still waiting to learn to what extent they will be hit and how long workers will have insurance and recall.
It’s hard to celebrate a raise when your friends might lose their job totally. It’s a really difficult thing the whole way around.
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