Labor unions for Disney employees have recently been in negotiations with The Walt Disney Company for issues like pay, benefits, retirement, and more.
Unions, Cast Members, and Disney fans alike have been calling for higher wages for Disney World employees. Some unions have now planned a rally to bring attention to this issue.
According to Click Orlando, several labor unions will be attending a rally on November 30th to bring attention to concerns such as “wage increases, health care costs, child bonding leave, retirement, and more” for Disney employees. The rally will be from 4PM to 6PM at Maingate Lane in Kissimmee, along U.S. 192.
The unions represent almost 42,000 Cast Members. Negotiations with The Walt Disney Company are ongoing and have been taking place since the last contract expired on October 1st, 2022.
Click Orlando reported that “the contract negotiations come as Disney filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with plans to increase spending on capital expenditures.” Disney’s filing shows that the company expects to increase spending to $6.7 billion in 2023, up from $4.9 billion in 2022. This budget is for the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution and for the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products departments.
Disney has reportedly said that “capital expenditure money in the theme park division is primarily used for theme park and resort expansion, new attractions, cruise ships, capital improvements, and systems infrastructure.” Labor expenses, by contrast, are considered operating costs, so they would not be included in the budget for capital expenditures.
We’ll continue to watch for more updates about the rally and labor union negotiations, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news.