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Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle issues Statement on Cast Member wage increase agreement

Earlier today, Walt Disney World’s largest union collective, the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) who represent over 45,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members, announced that they have reached a tentative agreement with Disney on a new contract for Walt Disney World Cast Members.

STCU President Matt Hollis made the announcement today, Thursday, March 23 that they have reached a tentative agreement with Disney to bring Cast Members to $18 per hour by the end of this year.

Now following the news, Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle has issued a statement on the contract agreement with unions

Our cast members are central to Walt Disney World’s enduring magic, which is why we are pleased to have reached this tentative agreement. Disney is proud to offer an industry-leading employment package that includes comprehensive benefits and affordable medical coverage, in addition to 100 percent paid tuition for higher education for hourly employees through the Disney Aspire program. With the support of the unions, we anticipate cast members will approve this new agreement.

Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle

Here is the details on the agreement:

All six STCU unions are unanimous in their support of the agreement and will now recommend workers vote to approve the agreement, with a vote taking place next Wednesday. March 29, 2023.

If cast members vote to accept the deal, the hourly increases will go into effect immediately, with retroactive pay backdated to October 2022.

For Cast Members that currently earn $15 per hour, retroactive pay to October 2022 will be at $16 per hour. The rate will immediately increase to $17 per hour when the deal is ratified.

Rate will then increase again to $18 per hour in December.

According to the union, Walt Disney World Cast Members that are making the minimum wage currently, this contract provides over 36% general wage increases over the life of the agreement.

Every Cast Member will receive a raise of between $5.50 and $8.60 by the end of the contract which runs through October 2026, with the first $3 coming this year.

In addition to the pay increase, the deal also includes 8 weeks of paid Child Bonding Leave, a benefit that is not included in the current contract.

Disney Cast Members WIN their fight for fair pay at Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World Cast Members WIN their fight for $18 Per Hour Minimum Pay

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