Disney World Cast Member unions to begin week of negotiations for wage increases, healthcare costs and more

Nov 28, 2022 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday November 28, 2022 5:06pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Services Trade Council Union is set to resume negotiations this week on behalf of 42000 Walt Disney World Cast Members that work on the front line of the parks and resorts.

Bargaining sessions are scheduled for November 29 and December 1, with wage increases, healthcare costs, and retirement top of the agenda.

The existing contract being negotiated expired on October 1, 2022, with both the union and Disney agreeing to extend the agreement while negotiations continued.

The Services Trade Union Council comprises several unions representing various Cast Member roles, including food workers, housekeeping, character performers, stage techs, bus drivers, and more.

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Lilofan1 day ago

Nice try lazy. I’ve worked with union reps. Have you? Some are master manipulators that can sway a company in the grievance process for the end result of the employee winning their case with the help of the union. I did not claim. I merely said I never heard. But you have twisted my words again to say I said / claim could not even exist.

lazyboy97o1 day ago

Given that he claimed the situation couldn’t even exist, he has no way of knowing whether it works.

Patcheslee1 day ago

Hard to discredit things like not being on the production floor, not following safety protocols, not completing quality checks, falsifying records, etc. Those are the types of things that cause low performance reviews, and by that point have already been taken to HR with union rep for writeups anyway.

Lilofan1 day ago

Union reps getting involved in company performance reviews ? Talk about more red tape that the union will bring up to discredit a low performance review from the company.

Patcheslee1 day ago

We went to performance review in 2020, 0% raise for low performers, 3% for normal, and 5% for high. Starting wages were $17/hour vs what use to be 50 cents for everyone. More complicated than just giving everyone the same but worth it IMO. Reviews done quarterly based on quality, production, safety, team work, and communication. Based on a point system where each is ranked 1-5, so potential for 20-100 points in the year. Low performers are in the 20-40, normal 41-75, and high is 76-100. Every employee fills out their own self assessment and reasons for their ratings. Self assessments are given to HR for copies then immediate managers. Performance reviews are written be immediate managers, then it's reviewed by next level manager, HR and union reps for agreement or revision if there are disagreements before being given to the employees. So it's not solely based on one persons perception of an employee. It did result in a few people quitting after they didn't receive a raise last year (2021 was a test period with a guaranteed 3% minimum). But better off when the low performers are the ones others are taking up the slack for. We have more people doing at least what is expected of them now because it impacts them.

dovetail651 day ago

DO you mean the value of work to you or from the owners perspective? For sure many workers will take less money if they feel valued ie allowing them to actually like their job.

dovetail651 day ago

Hehe

drizgirl1 day ago

Good one! You have just disqualified yourself from race to be Iger’s replacement.

Lilofan1 day ago

I've never heard of a union contract of a company that was performance base pay. It is always across the board that I understand. There would be grievances left and right if performance base by staff.

Patcheslee1 day ago

That's the downfall of what both sides have chosen to do across the board vs performance based. It'd be interesting to read the entire proposal vs the snips of updates released.

lazyboy97o1 day ago

Exactly. And you see it with the way people react to these vary sort of negotiations. Despite saying that workers shouldn’t take a job if they don’t like the pay, the workers pushing for differences is treated as some thing they should not be doing. A lot of it seems to be the cycle of abuse, I wasn’t paid/treated well so these people shouldn’t be paid/treated well either.

Lilofan1 day ago

Yes increasing wages is key. The difference is the company has one plan to increase wages, the union wants much more . In the end there will be a compromise and the cast will approve their contract .

Sir_Cliff1 day ago

Disney is struggling to staff the resort and there are plenty of other jobs that pay comparably in the area. It's not hard to see how this makes it harder for Disney to demand higher standards of their employees than other businesses at the same pay scale. Increasing wages is one way to strengthen their bargaining power in that regard. I'm always a bit puzzled that parks fans often seem almost offended at the notion CMs should be paid more, but then expect those CMs ringing up their purchases or serving them burgers to go above and beyond to make them feel that they are the magic. Disney can fire everyone who doesn't live up to the highest of standards, but then you'll end up with shuttered stores, restaurants, and resorts.

Lilofan1 day ago

Can I suggest that the CM if they want to make a difference , apply for supervisory roles?