Are Disney World wage scales fair?

As Walt Disney World and its biggest group of labor unions plunge into contract negotiations this month, one of the unions is heralding a new economic study that claims workers have been underpaid and Central ... Full Story
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Jeff

Norwood, MA

#1 Mar 20, 2007
Why did the union agree to such an unfair labor contract in the first place?
orlandogary

Orlando, FL

#2 Mar 20, 2007
disney's employment woes are their own victim. It is impossible to make a livable wage as a full time hourly cast member. Many of the apartment on US 27 where cast live are under section 8 (?) housing, subsidized by the government. I worked full time at disney and made less than $15,000 per year.
Tom

United States

#3 Mar 20, 2007
Hate the way that company keeps reducing pay to its workers while showing record profits every year. Walt would be disgusted if he saw the way the company treats its employees now. And Disney wonders why it can't hire/keep decent employees.

Since: Jan 07

United States

#4 Mar 20, 2007
The wages do suck at Disney. I know several people who have worked there for more than 15 years and don't even make 35K per year.
ex emp retired

Blackshear, GA

#5 Mar 20, 2007
Disney has there sneakey little way of arm twisting.it's called you do it my way or hit the highway. When your trying to make a living and feed your family you do it there way. only a small portion of cast memebers can afford to belong to the union so they have no say in what takes place. Them that do belong dictates what happens. Disney will always hold the upper hand. When Disney presents an offer to the unions they are told this is what you get take it or leave it. I know I spent 26 years there. I also seen departments that were "NOT UNION" treated better than departments that are "UNION". sometimes I think the "UNIONS have done the employees a disservice. But when Mickey says this is what you get thats it.

“Smile...It Catches On !”

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Since: Dec 06

Somewhere Very Pretty !

#6 Mar 20, 2007
Funny, this was just talked about on another thread. Yes, It looks like Disney pay scale is not up to par. That would make a good reason for people leaving. I know they have a big turnover due to collage kids, summer workers and seniors. We have been going there for quite a few years and have seen the same people there.

I hope they can get this straight and adjust the pay's. Time are tough out there.
GEORGE

AOL

#7 Mar 20, 2007
THE MOUSE WANTS, AND GETS IT ALL AND ALWAYS WILL
SORRY HOURLEY WORKERS BUT THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE SO GET USED TO IT.
Big Daddy

United States

#8 Mar 20, 2007
Stay in school, kids.
jane doe

Orlando, FL

#9 Mar 20, 2007
Most of the full time Disney workers with families are elegible to collect food stamps to live. How do the taxpayers feel about that? It is all about piggy profits with Disney.

“Smile...It Catches On !”

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Since: Dec 06

Somewhere Very Pretty !

#10 Mar 20, 2007
okw wrote:
The wages do suck at Disney. I know several people who have worked there for more than 15 years and don't even make 35K per year.
Why do they stay there? Is it because they do not know anything else? That is not ment to be a nasty question. I would really like to know why they stay. I am a huge Disney fan and I know that a lot of retired people work there, I just wonder about the others.
Randy Smith

Owensboro, KY

#11 Mar 20, 2007
I think Disney should be paying it employee more, Disney charge alot for tickets to enter their parks and only pay worker 7 or 8 dollars an hour, thats crazy, how can you live off that kind of pay here in central florida.
American

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 20, 2007
Big Daddy wrote:
Stay in school, kids.
There you go! Finally someone with some sense. If you work there for 10 years, that's your own fault for not being motivated.

I worked for the mouse for 2 years while I was at Rollins, then I used my expereince after gradution to move on to another company in Tampa. Now I work at a grow-up comapny and make grown-up money.
American

Chicago, IL

#13 Mar 20, 2007
Uh the spelling. Sorry!
irish 49

United States

#14 Mar 20, 2007
With apartment rents between $800 and $1000 dollars a month, how can people afford to get by on disney's meager hourly wages? Find an old mobile home park, or crowd in with another family..?
TradeWinds

Safety Harbor, FL

#15 Mar 20, 2007
As a former employee, I, as many others, can tell you that NO, Disney wages are not fair.
My son was earning $14 dollars an hour working at a paint store here in Orlando. He was making almost double what Disney started me out at, despite an impeccible resume with tremendous experience!
sunny day

United States

#16 Mar 20, 2007
Yep. $6.90 an hour isnt enough to work there.If Disney wants to be the best , then they should pay the best. Then people would want to work there and stay. Everywhere else pays front desk employees between 9.50 to 11.00 to start and disney pays only 6.90... thats the problem. The same as all their jobs pay,,, thats way too low to stay there when you know everyone else is making alot more at all the other places doing the same job. Why do your best and work in maintenance out in the heat and work hard all day knowing that everyone else doing the same job makes a few dollars more an hour,,,bad moral and shame on Disney. Its time to start paying top wages and getting top employees in there. THEY CAN AFFORD IT.
sunny day

United States

#17 Mar 20, 2007
Randy Smith wrote:
I think Disney should be paying it employee more, Disney charge alot for tickets to enter their parks and only pay worker 7 or 8 dollars an hour, thats crazy, how can you live off that kind of pay here in central florida.
THEY ONLY PAY $6.90 for ALL POSITIONS
WestOrlD

Fruitland Park, FL

#18 Mar 20, 2007
People choose where they work. Motivation & experience get you farther than a college degree any day. Unless you're studying to be a doctor, lawyer, or an accountant, don't waste your time in college.
jeffrey kemp

AOL

#19 Mar 20, 2007
Disney wants to have all part time workers if possible ,so they don't have to pay benefits.Im a 27 year cast member and remember when Disney cared about the cast!! UFCW STEWARD

“"Ohhhhh, Mickey!!"”

Since: Feb 07

Disney MGM Studios

#20 Mar 20, 2007
I was thrilled to be hired by Disney. I have received guest fanatic citations and have had carrots dangled in front of me since day 1 - leadership roles, cross utilization, you name it - but I have NEVER been offered more money. Disney is constantly telling cast members that WE are the reason guests stay and leave happy - and return year after year. And the guests are the only thing I enjoy at Disney. The Union's slogan for this years round of negotiations is "What about my dreams, Mickey?".

In the meantime, I am regrettably, looking for another job.

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