Disney submitted a proposal that sets the minimum wage of $ 15 per hour in its latest contract negotiations with unions, but workers have not yet accepted, reports Local 10 News.
Disney will meet with union representatives to negotiate on June 8.
Representatives of the Service Trades Council Union in Florida will attend the negotiating table this week to discuss Disney’s latest offer, which would include wage increases for some 34,000 workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando and raise their minimum wage from $ 10 to $ 15 per hour for the fall of 2021.
Disney says it is the largest increase to the starting salary that was ever offered. Disney’s offer would also give workers $ 1,000 bonuses, which had already been announced but that the company has been holding until a new contract is signed.
Although the workers are anxious to accept wage increases in Orlando, there are still doubts among the trade unionists.
For Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here Local 362, a branch of the Service Trades Council Union, “The devil is in the details.”
There are terms in Disney’s latest proposal that does not accept the union. According to Clinton, they include rules that would affect the way employees are paid to work overtime and holidays, and change the way their schedules are made.
The company refused to comment on the problems union representatives have raised with their latest proposal.
Clinton said she is cautiously optimistic and believes they will reach an agreement this month. All agreed terms must be voted on by union members.
With or without agreement or not, the union plans to move forward with its fight to force Disney to pay the bonds.
The union filed a lawsuit for unfair labor practices against the company for holding them back, but the National Labor Relations Board sided with Disney. The Service Trades Council Union undertook to appeal the decision.
In California they aspire to more than $ 15 an hour
Contract negotiations between Disney and some Disneyland workers in California are also ongoing, and the union is not happy with what Disney has put on the table.
Former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders met with workers at Disneyland on Saturday in support of his campaign to earn higher salaries. Local news reports say that Sanders, an independent, harshly criticized companies that do not pay workers a living wage and supported union leaders struggling to raise the minimum wage in Anaheim, California, to $ 15 in January. 2019
Disney is offering raises to some 9,500 unionized workers in Anaheim, which would give them a minimum wage of $ 15 by 2020, according to a company press release on Friday.
David Huerta, president of a local union, told CNNMoney that that is not enough in Orange County, California, where the cost of living is significantly higher than in Orlando.
“The rents have gone up, the cost of living has increased and wages have to keep pace,” Huerta said.
Disney issued a statement in response to criticism from Sanders. “While Mr. Sanders continues to criticize Disney for keeping the headlines, we continue to support our cast members through investments in salaries and education,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The minimum wage legally established for California will reach $ 15 per hour, but not until 2022. Currently it is $ 11 per hour.
The minimum wage in Florida is currently $ 8.25 per hour, just one level above the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25.
The proposal of a minimum wage of $ 15 per hour has gained significant momentum throughout the country in recent years. Fast-food and low-wage workers in particular have mobilized around the Fight for $ 15 movement.