Walt Disney World Workers Ratify Historic New Agreement

ORLANDO, FL The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is pleased to announce the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) representing 45,000 theme park workers in Central Florida, including members of IATSE Local 631, has successfully ratified a landmark agreement with Walt Disney World following 211 days of negotiations. The five-year agreement, valued at $2.2 billion, marks a significant victory for working at the iconic theme park. 

Union members voted by 97% to ratify the contract, which includes a range of crucial improvements. 

  • Increases wage floor which ensure all park workers will receive minimum increases of $3 per hour by the end of 2023, $0.50 or 2% per hour in 2024, $1 or 4% per hour in 2025 and 2026. This marks a 22% increase in the minimum hourly rates at the park over the contract, with 12% coming this year. 
  • Effective raises for IATSE members working at the parks between 26.6% and 45% over the term of the agreement. 
  • Additional wage adjustments for specific classifications, retroactive to October 2, 2022. This includes but is not limited to wage parity for cosmetologists with entertainment technicians, raising their hourly rate from $16.90 to $20, retroactively. 
  • Capping of insurance costs. 
  • Introduction of paid paternity and maternity leave. 
  • Receipt of job descriptions for all classifications within 180 days. 

Additionally, this agreement takes key steps to address the craft skill vs. compensation gap, both now and in future negotiations cycles. 

“This agreement represents a substantial victory for our members working at Walt Disney World and is a testament to the power of collaboration between unions and collective bargaining,” commented IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb. “Across this alliance we will continue to strive for improved conditions and advocate for all behind the scenes entertainment professionals, including those currently seeking representation in other segments of Disney’s business.” 

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 170,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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