Disneyland Resort announced its largest wage increase for cast members in the company’s history. The resort, located in Anaheim, California, and hotel cast members from United Here! Local 11 “ratified a five-year term” increasing the minimum wage to $15 effective January 2019.
Cast members from Unite Here! Local 11 will now join 9,700 additional cast members from Master Services Council who established a $15 minimum wage back in July. Three years ahead of California’s minimum increase deadline, the agreement guarantees a minimum wage increase of 40 percent over the next two years of the agreement,” according to a press release.
“The strides we have made to implement $15 an hour minimum wages will have an immediate and lasting impact on the quality of life of our cast members and their families,” Josh D’Amaro, president of the Disneyland Resort, said. “Additionally, we are very proud to offer our cast peace of mind through affordable healthcare options and free educational opportunities with our groundbreaking new program called Disney Aspire.”
The $15 hourly minimum wage will also be extended to “thousands of hourly non-union cast members” as well, a press release reported. The resort will also deliver on two additional initiatives: healthcare and free training and education.
Disneyland Resort will also offer comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage for cast members, their families and eligible dependents.
Disney Aspire is “an extensive education investment program which is providing cast members the resources to learn, grow and achieve within or outside of the company,” according to a press release.
Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, applauded Disneyland Resorts commitment to increase the company’s minimum wage.
“Over the last several months, Disney has found common ground on significant labor contracts, increased wages for union and non-union workers and introduced a comprehensive no-cost education program for hourly cast members that’s unlike any we’ve ever seen. This is not only good for Disney and its cast members, it sets the bar for our entire Orange County community and we applaud their efforts.”