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    Posted October 17, 2012

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AEA Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Five Year Pact at Walt Disney World


Actors' Equity members who work under the Walt Disney World contract have voted to ratify a new five-year agreement. The contract will expire on September 9, 2017 and provides retroactivity to September 16, 2012.

The new contract successfully achieved a compensation package that provides increases each year of the agreement and maintains or strengthens work rule language. These achievements occurred despite the numerous Disney proposals that called for rollbacks in nearly every area of the contract. Disney also proposed the elimination of several items including the elimination of the Company’s contribution to the Equity-League Pension Trust Fund as well as severance pay.

Presented with Disney’s laundry list of onerous proposals, Equity’s negotiating team held firm and focused on achieving a compensation package that reflects the many contributions Equity members make in their performances at Disney World. The new agreement calls for minimum hourly increases of 1.5% in each of the first four years and 1.75% in the last year of the contract for Chorus and Chorus Stepping-Out/Principal. Annual increases for Full-Time and Contracted Casuals will be 2% in the first two years, followed by 2.25%, 2.50% and 2.75%. Non-contracted performers will receive increases of 2.50% in the first and second year, 2.75% in the third, 3% in the fourth and 3.50% in the fifth year.

Increases in compensation for additional duties, stunts and voluntary audio recordings were also achieved. In addition, changes were made in language that improves work rules in areas of raked stages and the inspection of equipment used in stage fights or stunts.

Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein served as Chief Negotiator. Councillor Margot Moreland chaired the Negotiating Team comprised of performers who work at Disney. Additional support was provided by staff members in the Orlando office.


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