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Never say Never.

There has never been a strike at Disney World among the general cast members. There are some who think that the time is now to have the first one. Negotiations begin again on Monday to prevent such an occurance. Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Polak said Friday the contract represented the company’s best offer. "The only thing… Read More »Never say Never.

Will there be a strike?

Planning a vacation to Disney World soon and want to know if there will be a strike when you get there? You might want to call Disney and let them know you expect them to settle with the unions and preserve your vacacation.

At lot of the talk around the union is that why would someone working at the park making $7.00 an hour want to strike. Do they expect to earn a living working at Dumbo or the fast food counter. The reality is no. They do not. Most are part time employees, people who are supplimenting their income, or dedicated Disney fans of some sort. These employees probably didn’t even vote in the election, and if they did they were probably among the ‘yes’ votes as their income would be severly impacted by a strike.

My sense is the people who voted no on this contract are the people who have the highest skilled jobs (some require special training or licenses). These positions include Bus Drivers, Characters, Housekeeping. Their pay scales have been structured in such a manner that if you work 4-5 years in a position you’re now earning what could be a decent wage ($13-$15/hr). If you throw in a little overtime and have two wage earners in the household you could even do quite nicely in parts of Orlando/Kissimmee.

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Strike Vote Details

More details on the strike vote from the Orlando Sentinel: Some union leaders said the prospect of a strike was not realistic. Under Florida law, not everyone represented by a union has to be a member. Of the roughly 22,000 members of the trades council, slightly more than half are members. This would mean that… Read More »Strike Vote Details

Strike Authorized

So much for my prediction capabilities. Local news is reporting that not only have Disney Workers rejected the contract offer, but they’ve authorized a strike if the union leaders call for it. Union leaders have called in a federal mediator, so a strike is unlikely in the immediate future. The holidays are fast approaching with… Read More »Strike Authorized

Union Vote this week at WDW

The Union Members representing over 20,000 workers at the Orlando Florida Disney property will vote this thursday on their next contract. Four of the six unions have recommended this contract to their members. The two remaining unions are urging their members to vote no and want a contract where Disney makes up the difference in… Read More »Union Vote this week at WDW

Disneyworld Union Vote Coming Up

The vote by Disneyworld’s largest employee union is coming up this week. Union leaders are recommending that they reject Disney’s offer. This could lead to Disneyworld’s first strike since the 80s as soon as this week. Florida just passed an increases to the minimum wage, so there does appear to be some popular support for… Read More »Disneyworld Union Vote Coming Up

A story concerning Disney and Education

Found an interesting story about one filmmakers attempt to get Disney to take on some educational documentaries. You can throw this sort of accusation at Disney all the time and some of it will stick. But not this time. Look at Disney’s America’s Best Teacher Awards. I think that ‘edutainment’, a word that strikes fear… Read More »A story concerning Disney and Education

Striking for Health Care

The next industry in line to strike for maintaining their health care benefits appears to be the hourly cast members at Disney World. Walt Disney World has never had a strike, unlike it’s older sibling Disneyland, but the sides seem very far apart on the same issue that has been the cause of many a… Read More »Striking for Health Care