Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, has agreed to raise the hourly pay for thousands of union workers.
A coalition of unions representing around 10,000 Disneyland workers reached an agreement on a three-year contract to raise the starting minimum wage from $11 an hour to $15 an hour.
Starting immediately, minimum wage workers will be given a 20 percent raise. The full increase to $15 an hour will go into effect at the start of 2019, according to CNN. The change will give full-time employees at the current starting wage more than $8,000 a year in extra income.
President Daniel Flaming of the Los Angeles nonprofit Economic Roundtable says the pay hike is a step in the right direction, but that data shows Disneyland workers need to make "an average of $23 an hour ... to afford the basic necessities of life."
Unions for Walt Disney World employees in Florida are also pushing for an hourly wage increase.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.