Disneyland Cast Member Union Votes on New Agreement With Park

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The Walt Disney Company is pleased to announce that Cast Members who are represented by the Master Services Council at Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District ratified a new three-year contract on November 17, 2021, which outpaces California’s minimum wage. Disneyland Park Cast Members begin a vote today on a contract that covers the same measures.

Disneyland Union Reaches Tentative Agreement

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As previously reported in 2020 and 2021, Disneyland Resort finally reopened after a record 412-day closure, operating at a limited capacity. Because of those limitations, Disneyland Resort did not bring back the thousands of Cast Members they were forced to lay off and furlough during the pandemic. The Master Services Council has been negotiating terms and conditions of employment with the company since May.  Disney union discussions have demanded higher pay, additional hiring, etc.

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As noted earlier, Disney has confirmed a new three-year contract that was ratified by the Master Services Council at Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District.  The contract passed on November, 17 and outpaces California’s minimum wage.

The Cast Members (represented by those same unions) working at Disneyland Park are operating under a contract extension — not the aforementioned new contract — and they will revote the tentative agreement that was unanimously endorsed by union leadership today, Thursday, December 2, and Friday, December 3, 2021. The details of the tentative agreement are unanimously supported by union leadership — something that doesn’t happen easily during union negotiations.

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The 2021 tentative agreement, supported unanimously by the Master Services Council Union leadership, provides historical increases for employees (approximate 19.35% increase from $15.50 to $18.50 for the majority of employees over the life of the agreement).

This is wonderful, considering an Orange County Judge has ruled that Disneyland was not subject to an Anaheim ballot measure on minimum wage increases just last month.  The wage increase details the following:

  • $1.00 per hour retroactive to June 16, 2021 (approximate 6.45% increase for majority of
    employees) – Retroactivity offer expires if contract is not ratified by December 3, 2021
  • $1.00 per hour on June 16, 2022 with a pull forward to November 17, 2021 if contract
    passes by December 3, 2021 (approximate 6% increase for majority of employees)
  • $1.00 per hour on June 16, 2023 (approximate 5.7 % increase for majority of employees)
  • Bonuses for employees with ten plus years of service – (Bonus offers expire if contract is not
    ratified by December 3, 2021)
  • Employees hired on or before June 16, 2001, will receive the following one-time lump
    sum bonus:

    • Full Time – $2000
    • Part Time – $1000
  • Employees hired between June 17, 2001 and June 16, 2011, will receive the following
    one-time lump sum bonus:

    • Full Time – $1000
    • Part Time – $500
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Additional Contractual Benefits include Cast Member Health care plans with premiums as low as $7.00 per week for eligible employees as well as paid time off or premium holiday pay depending on work status:

  • 10 Paid Holidays for Full Time Employees
  • Premium Holiday Pay for Part-Time Employees
  • Up to 5 weeks Paid Vacation for Full Time Employees
  • Up to 5 Days Paid Time off for eligible Part-Time Employees
  • Up to 56 Hours Paid Sick Leave for Full Time Employees
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company matching of up to 3% per year

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for more on Disneyland Union Cast Member updates.

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