40% Raises for Disneyland Castmembers
Huge raises will bring all staff above $15/hr two full years before the rest of the California
Employees at the happiest place on Earth have a reason to smile today. That’s because Disneyland and their union, Master Services Council, have come to terms on a contract that will provide huge raises for some of the lowest paid employees.
The members of the four unions that make up the Master Services Council were able to extract big concessions from the company for their 9,500 members. According to a press release from the company, all employees will be making at least $15 an hour by 2019. For some, this would mean a 40% increase in their salaries. Then in 2020, the minimum salary will once again increase, this time to $15.45. Although California is already on the road to a $15 minimum wage, Disney employees will reach that threshold three years sooner than the rest of the state. The contract, which was agreed to on Monday, was approved by the members on Thursday night.
The contract breakthrough came after months of fighting between Disney and the unions. It came only hours before a Shantytown was scheduled to be set up outside of the resort to protest the company’s history of low pay. In May, the unions held out for higher raises after the company proposed a 36% increase and a $15 minimum wage by 2020.
"The Disneyland Resort and Master Services Council are proud to have reached a tentative agreement, which we are hopeful will be ratified later this week," according to a joint statement issued Monday. "We have had a successful history of working together since Disneyland Park opened in 1955, and this contract continues that shared commitment to cast members."