•Employees approved the measure overwhelmingly.Employees approved the new measures almost unanimously.They ultimately approved a new contract that will phase in the $15-an-hour minimum wage in 2021 and give $1,000 bonuses, which will appear in paychecks starting Sept. 27 of this year.
The election results were announced at the Park Inn by Radisson in Kissimmee on Sept. 6. Out of nearly 13,700 votes, only 116 people voted no, union leaders said in a statement.
•It’s been a long time coming. Union representatives and the Walk Disney World Corporation have been in midst of tense wage negotiations since the summer of 2017. The Service Trades Council - which represents Walt Disney World employees in a variety of jobs including custodians, attractions workers, housekeepers and entertainment technicians – held out over the long months in hopes of higher pay from the billion-dollar corporation.
•It won’t happen all at once.There was much celebration as the results came in last Thursday night, but it’s important to note that the $15 wage won’t happen all at once.Under the new contract, the $10 minimum wage rises to $11 by December, $13 in September 2019, $14 in October 2020 and finally $15 in October 2021.
Employees whose current pay is above $10 will receive at least $4.75 in raises by October 2021.
Workers also will receive retroactive pay of 50 cents an hour or 3 percent, whichever is greater, dating as far back as September 2017.
The new contract at Disney World comes after Disneyland Resort in late July reached a deal with its union to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.