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• More than 37,000 Walt Disney World Resort employees represented by the Service Trades Council Union will see their pay go up over the next three years. Union leaders and Disney management are hailing the contract as an historic deal. So what will it mean for the broader economy in Orlando? Read More »
• Aside from election news, this week had a development that could bring a major overhaul to Central Florida’s tourism industry. Six Orlando labor unions representing 38,000 workers say that they have tentatively reached a “historic” agreement with Walt Disney World to raise starting hourly pay from $10 to $15 by 2021. If approved by union members in September, the new contract would raise the minimum wage at Disney to $11 by December 2018 and keep going up in yearly increments until reaching $15 in October 2021. The Service Trades Council Union said this week that the new four-year contract agreement makes “no major concessions” to the theme park company regarding union rights and benefits. A Disney spokesperson said the company … Read More »
• A labor relations panel has upheld most of a judge’s ruling that a Teamsters union representing Disney World workers committed an unfair labor practice when it ignored members’ requests to resign from the union. Read More »
• https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/051118_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSA cluster of sinkholes in an Ocala neighborhood has forced some residents to move out. Engineers are testing the ground to see what’s caused the sinkholes and when it might be safe for those residents to return home. Florida is a sinkhole prone state, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about why they appear and when. On this episode of Intersection, UCF engineering professor Manoj Chopra joins us to explain the science of sinkholes and insurance specialist Patrick Joy … Read More »
• Disney unions in Orlando have filed a federal labor complaint against the theme park company. Union reps claim Disney is withholding bonuses from union workers as leverage in ongoing collective bargaining. The Walt Disney Company announced in January that it would give all non-executive domestic employees a one-time cash bonus of $1,000. But, union reps say, Disney informed the federal mediator overseeing current negotiations that they will withhold payment of the bonus to 38,000 union workers unless they accept Disney’s contract offer. If union employees don’t accept Disney’s proposal by Aug. 31, the bonus offer will expire. Unite Here Local 737 claims the bonus is being offered unconditionally to the more than 80,000 employees who are not union members or … Read More »
• The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions kicks off its conference in Orlando today. More than 1000 exhibitors are at the Orange County Convention Center. Industry insiders gather to see the latest in rides and technology. Read More »