Disneyland Resort closes deal with unions for one of highest minimum wages in U.S.
This will put cast members represented by Master Services Council at $15 per hour by 2019, which will be one of the highest minimum wages in the country.
This agreement, benefitting more than 9,700 cast members, is one of the most aggressive entry-level offers in the country and demonstrates Disney's commitment to its valued cast members.
This increase will make a real, tangible difference to impacted cast members. For example, an individual full-time cast member who currently earns $11 an hour would earn an additional $8,000 per year.
While companies alone cannot solve the complex issues that lead to the high cost of living, Disneyland is committed to being part of the solution and this industry-leading offer reflects a long-term commitment and investment in the team.
Minimum rates for hourly cast members represented by Master Services will increase by 20 percent immediately from the current minimum rate of $11 to a new minimum rate of $13.25.
Once minimum rates increase to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019, wages will continue to $15.45 in mid-June 2020. The agreement also includes at least 3 percent increases to wage rates for each year of the contract term for those near or above the minimum rates.
Disney is committed to providing cast members with a comprehensive, holistic employee experience through multiple touch points.
Earlier this year, the company announced an unprecedented education investment program for both full-time and part-time hourly cast members, with an initial investment of $50 million for the first year and an ongoing annual investment of up to $25 million.
This program, which officially launches this fall, will provide tuition assistance and other support for Disney cast members interested in obtaining a college degree or gaining valuable skills through vocational training — opening up additional opportunities both within and outside of Disney.
In addition, the company provides multiple training and career development opportunities.
Over the last five years, 89 percent of entry-level leadership roles in parks operations have been filled by hourly cast members.
The fact that so many cast members want to make their career at Disney parks speaks to the strength of the overall employment experience, with 86 percent saying they are proud of their roles and the work they do, and 90 percent who believe Disney is a leader in the marketplace. ■