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Disney's 38,000 Florida Union Workers Seek Wage-Hike Talks

  • Negotiations scheduled to begin in August, labor group says
  • Parks division seen vital for company’s profit growth

Walt Disney Co.’s 38,000 union workers in Florida are seeking to reopen wage talks so resort employees can negotiate pay raises from the current contract minimum of $10 an hour.

Negotiations are scheduled to begin Aug. 28, Ed Chambers, president of the workers’ Service Trades Council Union, said in a statement. A committee of employees must give its final blessing at a meeting on Wednesday.

A wage hike would raise costs for Disney at a time when the company’s largest business, television, is coping with a loss of viewers to online video options. Analysts expect the bulk of the company’s profit growth to come from its parks division. Disney is also in the midst of a building boom. Attractions under construction include two, $1 billion “Star Wars” lands in Florida and California. On July 15, the company unveiled plans for a dozen other...