Disneyland Resorts raises minimum wage

October 5, 2018 by  

Disney Resorts in Anaheim recently raised its minimum wage to $15 per hours, meaning employees will earn one of the highest minimum wages in the country. This increase starts three years before California scheduled increase.

Disneyland is paying thousands of dollars to increase the pay of non-union cast members too. United Here Local 11 ratified a five-year agreement for over 2,700 cast members at a 40% increase. It will take effect in January 2019.

Housekeepers for Disneyland Resorts will make $15.80 immediately. The resort is working on two other issues affordable healthcare for employees and a free education program.

They plan to offer affordable healthcare options next month. This will be for employees and their eligible dependents.

President of Disneyland Resorts, Josh D’Amaro, said that the increase in the minimum wage will have a positive effect on the employees and their families. Companies that make changes like this often like to announce them in their letterheads or other promotional materials.

During the last decade, jobs at Disney Resorts have increased by 50%, with 10,000 new ones added. The company has added over 30,000 new cast members.

In August, it introduced a program called Disney Aspire, which provides cast members education opportunities. Disney invested $150m into this and pays 100% of tuition costs, thus allowing hourly Disneyland cast members to pursue higher education.