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Disney World employees settle.

After rejecting two earlier proposals, employees of Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL, approved a 3-year contract calling for a wage increase averaging 7.6 percent, retroactive to th >;e October 30 termination date of the prior contract, and for an increase averaging 6 percent on April 1, 1989. The company said that the initial increase amounted to 50 cents for employees at the top of rate ranges and 35 cents for others, and the 1989 increase amounted to 45 and 30 cents, respectively. Under the prior contract, starting and top rates were generally $4.85 and $6.80 an hour.

Other wage terms included a $500 lump-sum payment to tipped food service employees, who will now be paid a flat r >;ate equal to half the top rate for other employees and will now receive a

15-percent gratuity Disney will add to the bill for groups of 10 diners or more.

Benefit changes include a maximum monthly pension of $530 after 25 years of service (was $420 after 20 years); a fourth week of paid vacation after 17 years of service; and the employee option of converting two days of annual sick leave to personal leave.

The settlement covered 11,400 employees, including 1,200 at the Disney World Village

Marketplac >;e recently organized by the Food and Commercial Workers. The five other unions in the Service Trades Council that negotiated the settlement are the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, the Teamsters, the Service Employees, the Transportation *Communications Union, and the Theatrical Stage Employees.

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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1989
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