Disney Lowers Pay for Thousands of Cast Members at Disney World

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The union representing Disney World Cast Members says Disney wouldn’t budge when it came to Cast Members’ hourly pay–not “even one cent,” and to make matters worse, Disney has reportedly lowered retroactive pay for thousands of Cast Members.

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On Wednesday, negotiations between Disney and the Services Trades Council Union (STCU), which represents thousands of Disney World Cast Members, resumed following the union’s rejection of Disney’s proposed contract in early February. The negotiations are part of a process several months in the making, following the expiration of Disney’s contract with its union-represented Cast Members in October 2022.

On Wednesday evening, however, negotiations seemed to have taken yet another negative turn for Cast Members, as the STCU released a statement on social media, giving the union’s take on Disney’s refusal to budge when it comes to hourly wages for its theme park and resort employees in Central Florida.

“Today, the six unions of the Service Trades Council [STCU] met with Disney for the first time since 13,650 Cast Members voted to reject Disney’s contract proposal on February 2 and 3.

Despite the overwhelming message sent by Cast Members, Disney refused to add even one cent to its wage proposal.

Moreover, Disney’s proposal today reduced retroactive pay for thousands of workers, making today’s proposal even worse than the offer already rejected.”

In its statement, the STCU also alleges that Disney’s newest proposal also reduces retroactive pay that would have come to thousands of Cast Members in Central Florida–a move that the STCU says makes Disney’s most recent proposal “even worse than the offer already rejected.”

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About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!