Disney, UNITE-HERE Local 11 Reach Agreement On Minimum Wage Hikes As High As $15.85

The Disneyland Resort and UNITE-HERE Local 11 – the militant union that represents primarily hotel workers – have reached tentative agreement on a contract that will boost the minimum wage for nearly all Local 11 members to at least $15 an hour, with housekeepers getting an immediate bump to $15.85.  Employees would also receive the $1,000 bonus payment provided as a result of the Republican tax cut passed last year.

Per the announcement from Disneyland Resort spokesperson Liz Jaeger:

Disney and Unite Here! Local 11 reach tentative agreement to raise pay to one of the highest entry-level wages in the U.S. service industry

Forty percent pay increase brings minimum rates to $15 an hour or higher by 2019

ANAHEIM, Ca. September 18, 2018 – Leaders from Disneyland Resort and representatives from Unite Here! Local 11 have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement that will provide industry-leading wage increases for all Unite Here! Local 11-represented hourly, non-tipped Cast Members.

In a statement released today, “We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with Unite Here! Local 11 that provides a 40% increase in minimum wages for our Cast Members over the next two years. Upon ratification, housekeepers immediately will receive $15.80/hour, with other minimum rate Cast Members moving to $15 in January, three years ahead of California’s minimum wage.”

Unite Here! Local 11, which represents 2,700 cast members, will join thousands of other cast members benefitting from recently ratified agreements, along with other hourly non-union cast members, all earning minimum rates of $15 or more by January 2019, three years ahead of California’s minimum wage.

Union representatives will be organizing a contract ratification vote this weekend and will recommend a yes vote by Cast Members.

This is the second significant contract agreement reached this summer between Disneyland Resort and it largest unions. In July, the Disneyland Resort announced it reached agreement with its largest labor unions for a minimum wage rate increase of 40 percent within two years of the agreement. This put 9,700 cast members represented by Master Services Council at $15 per hour by 2019. The agreement demonstrates Disney’s commitment to its valued cast members.

The agreement must by ratified by a vote of Local 11 members over the weekend.

Nothwithstanding the wage increase agreement, UNITE-HERE Local 11 inists it is not backing off it high-dollar campaign to pass Measure L, the so-called “living wage” initiative that would spike the minimum wage at targeted Anaheim business – beginning at $15 an hour in January 2019 and escalating to $18 an hour by January 2022. That would be the highest minimum wage in the nation.


  1. About time. Union had to do something. They had lost all leverage and I am guessing members were not happy that everyone else was getting the raises. Good for the workers

  2. Wait, what happened to all the dancing-around-UNITE-HERE’s-grave?

    Measure L at the least was good leverage.

    And it is still on, whether or not it ends up applying to Disney.

    • The only reason it’s still on the ballot is because it’s too late to remove it. What Unite Here did was delay their members from two years of wage increases and delayed their $1000 bonus just to name a few negatives. They tried to strong arm their members employer for more money after they had already offered $15 an hour. Talk about using those people who are most in need for political positioning and intimidation. Unite Here is an embarrassment to all unions who negotiate with their members best interest at the table.

    • As I read, there are still 20,000 Disney employees not covered by the recent agreements who would be helped by Measure L (if it’s held to still apply to Disney.) Then there are the Wincome workers, and the Gardenwalk Hotel workers.

      • Totally false, one Disneyland Resort Union’s contract is not up yet, they did get the $1,000 bonuses since they were in good standing. Disney has offered to modify the agreement to basically match the others if they agree to an extended expiration date.

        That group is around 3,000. All non-Union membrrs, management, and if UNITE HERE votes to accept the contract, over !8,000 union members, and 7,000 non-union CM’s (including management) covers the rest.

        So 3.000, not 20,000.

  3. An epidemic of Hepatitis A or C would pose a far greater public health risk to Anaheim residents than any needle exchange program. I have lived in Anaheim for 34 years and I do a lot of walking in my west Anaheim surroundings and have yet to come across a discarded syringe. Most of the above comments are nothing but fearmongering. We need a robust OCNEP and I will only support candidates who are in favor of one.

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