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Disney unions file federal complaint over bonuses

Unions accuse company of withholding $1,000 bonuses during negotiations

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A coalition of unions at Walt Disney World Resorts has filed a federal unfair labor practices complaint, accusing the company of holding its promised $1,000 bonuses hostage during contract negotiations.

The Walt Disney Co. announced last month it would give a $1,000 bonus to each employee. But the Service Trades Council says in a Monday release that Disney is holding employee bonuses until the union approves a new contract. It says bonuses will expire if "unionized employees do not accept Disney's offer by August 31."

Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger says bonuses are a part of negotiations.

Disney and union members met Monday for the first time since December; Disney pitched the same offer that was rejected last year of a raise of 50 cents per hour or 3 percent.