NEWS: Disney Employee Labor Unions to Hold Rally Over Wages, Benefits, and More

Labor unions for Disney employees have recently been in negotiations with The Walt Disney Company for issues like pay, benefits, retirement, and more.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California.

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.

Cinderella Castle

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.

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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.

Cast Members welcoming Guests back to Artist Point!

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.

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2 Replies to “NEWS: Disney Employee Labor Unions to Hold Rally Over Wages, Benefits, and More”

  1. People don’t realize there is reason they’re called “cast members.” Disney considers the parks a show and therefore the employees are the cast in that show. As such, different employment laws apply that allows Disney to treat them poorly. If a park is slow for whatever reason, they’re told to stay home without pay. Just one example…

  2. With Disney reporting record profits in the last quarter in their parks division, employees and their unions are going to want a piece of that.