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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

Valencia and Seminole State College adjunct professors scramble to make a living wage and now, they want a union


Jennifer Copp is at the end of her rope. The 46-year-old has two degrees in photography. She’s taught college students as an adjunct professor for about 14 years, giving lectures at various institutions across Central Florida. And yet, Copp only earns $18,000 to $19,000 a year in a career that offers her no benefits. She teaches two to four classes every semester at Seminole State College – but to make ends meet, she also adjuncts at nearby colleges and universities. Copp drives around less now because she has to take care of her 7-year-old daughter, who has special needs. To help pay the bills, Copp’s 80-year-old mother also teaches part-time at Seminole State. Copp and other adjunct professors at Seminole …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Disney Employees Negotiate for a Wage Increase


Every paycheck Diana Geary gets from her $11.50-an-hour job as a ride operator at Animal Kingdom, the 41-year-old asks herself several important questions: How will she buy groceries? Can she split up this invoice she can’t afford into monthly payments? And who do does she have to call to get that bill pushed back? Like many hospitality workers who toil away for low wages in Central Florida’s tourism economy, Geary can’t afford much on her salary. She and her husband rent with her parents to make it work, though some of her co-workers have it worse – they live in cheap motels behind Disney on U.S. Highway 192 or borrow money from family for basic needs. Geary’s union Unite Here! …
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