Disneyland Employees Vote Union Agreement, Avoid Strike – Orange County Register


Disneyland employees prevented a strike and voted for a new contract that includes a 19% pay increase of $ 3 an hour over three years and bonuses for long-time employees after a controversial union negotiation that threatened to destroy the happiest place on earth.

Disneyland union members, represented by the Master Services Council, voted to accept a new three-year contract on Friday, December 3rd, after rejecting an identical proposal on November 17th.

“The Disneyland Resort is pleased that the performers at Disneyland Park, represented by the Master Services Council, have ratified a new collective agreement,” said a Disneyland spokesman. “Performers from Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District ratified the same offer on November 17th. We pride ourselves on competitive wages and benefits that have enabled historic increases over three years and continue to exceed the California minimum wage. “

The yes vote avoids a very public showdown between Disneyland and its workers. A no would have given the union the right to go on strike.

The Master Services Council represents approximately 10,000 performers at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney who work in attractions, retail, custody, ticket sales, parking, and other departments.

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The union coalition represents approximately 40% of the 25,000 Disneyland Resort cast members – Disney language for employees.

The proposed contracts for union workers at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney were negotiated jointly but voted separately.

Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney employees accepted the new three-year contract on November 17th and did not vote a second time. Only Disneyland union members took part in the second round of voting on Thursday and Friday, December 2nd and 3rd.

Disneyland’s contract offer hasn’t changed after the November 17th vote, union officials said.

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The preliminary agreement, approved by the leadership of the Master Services Council, raises the hourly minimum wage from $ 15.50 to $ 18.50 an hour – a 19% increase.

DCA and Downtown Disney employees who accepted the contract have already received a $ 2 an hour raise, with an additional $ 1 an hour slated to go into effect in June 2023.

Performers with 20 years of service receive a bonus of $ 2,000 for full-time employees and $ 1,000 for part-time employees with 10-year-old employees who receive a full-time bonus of $ 1,000 and $ 500 part-time, respectively.

Disneyland’s bid surpasses California’s minimum wage, which is set to rise from $ 14 to $ 15 an hour in 2022.

A pandemic-induced nationwide hiring crisis has forced companies to raise wages and offer bonuses to attract and retain employees as workers continue to quit their jobs at record rates.

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The Master Services Council is an amalgamation of several Disneyland employee unions, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees International, United Food and Commercial Workers and Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International.

A 1984 union strike with picket lines outside Disneyland lasted three weeks and resulted in an agreement that resulted in a two-year wage freeze. Disneyland stayed open during “the world’s friendliest strike” OK weekly.


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