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Intersection: Disney Pay Raise

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?
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Labor unions reach agreement with Disney for $15 by 2021

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 …
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