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Universal Orlando increases team member wages to $ 15 an hour

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando announced Thursday that it would raise the base wage for its team members to $ 15 an hour from June.

The announcement comes after Floridians voted last year for Amendment 2, which sets out a plan for the state’s minimum wage to reach $ 15 an hour by 2026.

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“Today’s announcement marks the largest pay increase in Universal Orlando history. And while Universal’s new base rate is $ 15, the company is increasing the starting rate for many other positions based on job requirements, ”Universal officials said in a press release.

The new tariff comes into effect on June 27 and affects full-time and part-time hours as well as entry-level roles.

Universal Orlando announced earlier this month that it plans to fill more than 2,000 full-time and part-time team members for the summer. The theme park said jobs are available in areas such as attractions, water sports, dining, dining, merchandise, custody, warehousing, entrance operations, call center sales, and more.

Interested candidates can apply here.

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“We look forward to our future and want enthusiastic team members to be part of this journey,” said John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Universal Parks & Resorts. “This is about taking care of our current team members as well as those who will join our team. We know that a great guest experience begins with our team members – and we will continue to provide the best work experience possible. “

Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO, announced in 2019 that when Universal’s Epic Universe theme park opened, team members would make $ 15 an hour and wages would rise from there. Construction of the fourth theme park resumed in March after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Universal currently offers a start rate of $ 13 per hour to its 18,000+ employees.

Universal Orlando will be the first central Florida theme park to announce the pay change.

In 2018, long before the coronavirus pandemic and any change was approved, Walt Disney World and the Service Trades Council Union announced a contract for Disney employees that is expected to reach $ 15 an hour by 2021. This wage agreement should mean a gradual increase for union workers to receive a raise every year, ending at $ 15 an hour in October 2021.

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