Today our managers started letting new Cast Members know that the starting wage has been raised for nearly every hourly department.
For Attractions, the starting wage is going up from $8.20 to the new starting wage of $9.05, effective next Sunday. If you currently make less than $9.05, you will get an instant pay raise to the new rate. If you are making more than $9.05, your wage stays the same and the existing pay scale and annual raises stay the same.
New Cast Members currently hiring in at the Casting Center will start at $9.05, and the new wages will be advertised in the Casting collateral materials.
Foods Cast Members are getting a higher starting wage closer to $10.00, even higher than called for in their new Union Contract that they just ratified last week. The Company waited a few days after the contract was ratified, and then raised the pay rate even higher than what the Union "won" in the negotiations that just finished.
Third Shift Custodial starting wage went up to $9.75, while Day Custodial is now at $9.05 to start, and Stores CM's are going up to $9.05 to start, etc.
This will impact thousands of Cast Members who will be getting sudden raises, because so many of the CM's now are newbies who are still 18 months or younger in their seniority.
Hopefully this will help pull in some better New Hires through Casting for the Christmas season. A lot of the newbies are pretty sad lately.