Disney World and Bob Igor
announcement Email and press release from Bob Igor to Disney
$1,000 "bonus" from union members.
From: Bob Iger <Bob.Iger@disney.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 2:01 PM
To: XXXXXX, XX <XXXXXX@disney.com>
Subject: Bonus and New Higher Education Program
As a result of the recently enacted tax
reform, I am pleased to announce two new initiatives for our
First, we are directing approximately
$125 million to our cast members and employees across the country.
Hourly cast members (full-time or part-time) and non-executive
salaried cast members who were part of our company as of January 1,
2018 are eligible for a one-time bonus of $1,000. More than 125,000
employees – approximately 90% of our entire U.S. workforce – qualify
for this bonus. Our non-union cast members can expect to receive
this bonus in two payments, distributed in March and September of
this year. In keeping with applicable federal law, we'll work with
union representatives regarding potential distribution plans for
those of you currently working under existing union contracts.
What's even more exciting to me than
the ability to provide cash bonuses to the overwhelming majority of
our U.S.-based employees is the opportunity to also make a
significant, ongoing investment in the future of our hourly cast
members by creating a new education payment program specifically
designed to serve their needs and support their long-term career
aspirations. This new benefit will be in addition to our existing
education reimbursement programs, and to get it off the ground with
maximum impact, we’ll invest $50 million in the first year alone,
followed by annual investments of up to $25 million. These funds
will be available to all full-time and part-time cast members
working in the U.S. who are paid on an hourly basis. Starting with
the Fall 2018 semester, participants can receive tuition support for
any qualifying higher education or vocational training they choose
to pursue, including courses unrelated to their current role at
Disney. I have always believed that education is the key to
opportunity – it opens doors and creates new possibilities. If
you’re eligible for this new benefit, I urge you to take full
advantage of it.
It's extremely gratifying to be able to
provide both immediate and long-term benefits to thousands of men
and women who are such a vital part of this phenomenal company.
But they have NOT paid this
bonus yet. Union workers want Disney to pay their $1,000 tax
"Disney" Says Promised
Bonus Depends On Workers Signing Wage Contract
Unions representing about 35,000 Disney
World workers say Disney is refusing to pay their members $1,000 tax
Disney (DIS) announced the $1,000 bonuses January 2018 for 125,000
U.S. employees. The company said at that time that the bonuses would
go to full and part-time employees, including those represented by
unions "currently working under existing union contracts."
But the union members at Disney World are in the midst of contract
negotiations. They say rank-and-file workers in December voted 93%
against Disney's most recent offer of a 50-cent-an-hour raise over
the next two years, coupled with a $200 signing bonus. Most
unionized Disney World employees make less than $11 an hour,
according to the union.
Only 3,000 make more than $15 an hour.
The union says the average hourly wage for its members is $10.71.
Eric Clinton, president of the Unite Here local at the theme park,
said Disney is forcing the union to accept that same rejected offer
for its members to receive the $1,000 bonus due to other Disney
"In other words Disney said you can
have $1,000 if you agree to stay poor," he said in a video statement
posted on the union's Facebook page. "Disney is discriminating
against us for having a union locked in negotiations. Let us be
clear, Disney cast members deserve a living wage. We will not allow
a $1,000 trick of a bonus to be held over our heads."
He said the union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint
alleging that the demand amounts to punishing members for engaging
in legally protected contract negotiations.
probably going to fire me about this. I do have the right
to free speech, so I know that they better not fire me because I
will sue and I will win my job back with back pay and lawyers
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