Disney Offers to Raise California Park Worker Pay to $15 an HourBy
Walt Disney Co., in the midst of heated union negotiations on both coasts, has offered to raise the starting pay for its California theme-park workers to $15 an hour over the next three years.
Entry-level employees at Disneyland would see their pay rise to $13.25 an hour immediately from $11 currently and then to $15 by 2020, two years ahead of a deadline set by California. Disneyland and its sister park, California Adventure, employ about 30,000 people in Anaheim, California. The offer represents a 36 percent increase over three years, the company said Thursday in a statement.
Union officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The entertainment giant has been in contract talks with some of its resort employee unions, some of which have staged protests and commissioned a survey of workers to chronicle their financial difficulties. Unions are also pressing for a ballot measure in Anaheim that would require a raise to $15 an hour next year and $18 by 2022.
The “Fight for $15” is part of a national labor movement. Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, who has considered running for political office, agreed to hike park pay to a minimum of $10 an hour in Florida under a contract negotiated in 2014 when that number was a priority for the Obama administration.