Walt Disney World ® Resort
August 4, 2014

Disney Cast Approve Contract to Raise Minimum Start Rates to $9 this Month, $10 in 2016 

Walt Disney World Cast Members represented by the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) have ratified a new five-and-a-half-year agreement that increases non-tipped minimum start rates for more than 20,000 full-time STCU-represented Cast to $9 per hour effective this month. The new rate will be retroactive to March 30 (based on current job classification and new rate of pay) and will increase to $10 per hour in July 2016. In April, the company proposed the increases and worked closely with the union to reach an agreement. "We are proud we will be able to continue to provide our Cast an industry-leading employment package, including a significant wage increase, that reflects the important role they play in our guests' most special memories," said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. The company's agreement with STCU, the largest union at the resort, is effective through Sept. 2019. For more information, visit www.wdwnegotiations.com.

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EARS to You Funds Benefit Community
Whether mentoring a student robotics team, organizing donations at a food bank or building playgrounds for kids, Disney Cast Members volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours in the community last year. In recognition of their service, Disney is donating more than $1 million in EARS to You grants to 500+ Central Florida nonprofits served by Disney VoluntEARS. Disney also celebrated more than 800 Cast Members who earned the President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans who donate more than 100 hours of annual community service. "By opening their hearts and devoting their time to local community groups, Disney VoluntEARS make Central Florida an even better place to call home," said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. 
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Anna and Elsa Return to the Ocean
With an encouraging send-off from Disney's Animal Programs, Disney Vacation Club members and guests at Disney's Vero Beach Resort, two loggerhead sea turtles were released back to the ocean recently as part of the 2014 Tour de Turtles migration marathon. Organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the annual event is designed to raise awareness about sea turtle conservation and help scientists track migratory patterns of endangered turtle species. Named Anna and Elsa after characters from the Disney movie Frozen, the two turtles are among 11 being tracked at www.tourdeturtles.org
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ALPFA Latinos Show their Disney Side
Sporting Mickey Ears and posing as Disney pirates and princesses, thousands of Latino professionals showed their Disney side during this week's ALPFA convention at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. The gathering of the largest organization of Latino professionals in the United States includes workshops led by Disney executives and keynote remarks from George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "For the last 10 years Disney has supported ALPFA's mission to empower and develop Latino professionals into leaders of character," said Charles P. García, ALPFA CEO. "Like ALPFA, Disney understands that diversity of thought and experience create a more vibrant culture."
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Disney Launches Military Resource Group
Engaging thousands of veterans who rank among its Cast Members, Walt Disney World Resort launched a new diversity resource group that adds a military perspective to the Disney Cast and guest experience. Building on the company's longstanding support for America's armed forces, SALUTE is Disney's seventh diversity resource group. These groups encourage Cast Members to cultivate and share ideas that promote diversity and inclusion within the company's culture. "By sharing the unique viewpoints and contributions of our diverse communities, these groups provide a vital resource to the company and our Cast Members," said SALUTE's executive co-champion, Pat Gerrity, vice president of safety, security and environmental policy and compliance at Disney Cruise Line.
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Disney Recognizes Top VoluntEARS 

Disney Animal Kingdom Cast Member Kristin Lehrer and the Disney Cruise Line Port Canaveral Team were recognized by their peers as VoluntEAR and VoluntEAR Team of the Year for their efforts serving the community.
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Greek-American Group Honors 
Disney World Leader

George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, was recently honored by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association with the Socrates' Award, the Greek-American service group's highest honor for professional excellence.
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Disney Vacation Experiences Get Top Rankings 

The readers of Travel+Leisure magazine recently chose Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line in the world and voted Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa as World's Best for Families.
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Disney Executive Named to Board of Local Arts Group 

United Arts of Central Florida recently named Walt Disney World Parks executive Jim MacPhee to its board of directors to help the nonprofit fulfill its mission of uniting and strengthening the community through the arts and culture.
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Did you know... 

Each week, Walt Disney World Resort helps feed 1,000 Central Florida kids by donating surplus food to Second Harvest of Central Florida.
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