Disneyland employees defied a strike and voted for a new contract that includes a $3 per hour wage increase of 19% over three years and bonuses for long-time workers after a controversial union negotiations that left Earth afloat. Threatened to disrupt the Happiest Place.
Disneyland union members, represented by the Master Services Council, voted on November 17 to accept a new three-year contract after rejecting a similar offer on Friday, December 3.
According to a Disneyland spokesperson, “Disneyland Resort is pleased that Disneyland Park artists, represented by the Master Services Council, have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.” “The cast from Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District previously confirmed the same offer on November 17. We are proud of the competitive pay and benefits offer, which delivers a historic increase in three years, well beyond the California minimum wage. continues to grow.”
The Yes Vote avoids a very public demonstration between Disneyland and its workers. The absence of a single vote would have given the Sangh the right to strike.
The Master Services Council represents approximately 10,000 artists at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney who work in the attractions, retail, custody, ticketing, parking and other departments.
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The union alliance represents about 40% of the 25,000 Disneyland resort cast members – the Disney language for employees.
Proposed contracts for Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney Union employees were negotiated jointly, but voted on separately.
Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney employees accepted the new three-year contract on November 17 and voted no second. Only Disneyland union members participated during the second round of voting on Thursday and Friday, December 2 and 3.
According to union officials, Disneyland’s contract proposal did not change after the November 17 vote.
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Provisional agreement backed by the leadership of the Master Services Council raises the minimum wage from $15.50 to $18.50 an hour – a 19% increase.
Employees at DCA and Downtown Disney have accepted the contract, having already received increments of $2 per hour, with $1 per hour set to take effect in June 2023.
Cast members with 20 years of employment receive a bonus of $2,000 for full-time employees and $1,000 for part-timers, as well as a $1,000 full-time/$500 part-time bonus for 10-year employees.
Disneyland’s offering surpasses California’s minimum wage, which is set to increase from $14 to $15 an hour in 2022.
A pandemic-related nationwide recruitment crisis has forced companies to raise wages and offer bonuses to attract and retain employees as workers continue to leave their jobs at record rates.
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The Master Services Council is a coalition 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.
The 1984 union strike along picket lines outside Disneyland lasted three weeks and a settlement resulted in a two-year pay freeze. According to OC Weekly, Disneyland remained open during the “Friendly Strike on Earth” with non-union office workers operating the rides and performing other theme park duties.