Disney seeks federal mediator for union negotiations

After one bargaining session with a coalition of unions representing workers, Disney is calling in an independent mediator because of the “significant” gap between what the two sides want.

Disney told the unions of its plans in a letter sent to Ed Chambers, president of the Service Trades Council Union — which represents 38,000 Disney employees who include attraction workers, custodians and hotel housekeeping.

“I’m not completely surprised. We have a long way to go to reach a settlement in a short period of time,” Chambers said about the letter.

Disney is seeking up to a 2.5 percent salary increase for workers, the company said Monday after the first round of bargaining wages ended.

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