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Universal Orlando Raises Minimum Wage to $15

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A visitor takes a selfie at Universal Studios theme park on June 5, the first day of the park's reopening during the coronavirus pandemic in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort is raising its starting minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Universal says the higher wages apply to both full and part-time workers starting June 27.

That makes Universal the first resort in Central Florida’s theme park mecca to raise its base pay to $15 an hour.

Unionized workers at cross-town rival Walt Disney World approved a contract three years ago that scales up to $15 by October 2021.

The wage hike applies only to the Florida resort, but other Universal workers should see pay hikes as well.

The resort is hiring thousands of workers for what should be a busy summer.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.