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Thread: Disney workers appeal firing over sweaty costumes

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    Well, this is a first!

    Their unitards had been tainted, the employees argued, by other workers' sweaty garments that accidentally touched theirs. The dirty costume pieces had been on a rack that they said had somehow been pushed up against where their clean clothes hung.
    Walt Disney World fired the performers shortly after the canceled show, and now they are fighting to get their jobs back. The Teamsters union that represents them is bringing the issue in front of a federal arbitrator later this year. The union argues Disney violated its contract by providing unsanitary clothing.
    "If the union wins, the union gets more power," he said. "They can basically start to say, 'Well, here, we're going to … allow cast members to stop the show if all these things are not perfect.'"
    Disney workers appeal firing over sweaty costumes - Orlando Sentinel
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    They are fortunate that they have a union contract. Unlike all the other at will employees who would have been terminated without the opportunity of having an arbitration hearing.
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    Fired Disney performers seeking jobs, back pay

    The Teamsters Union representing the three men has already been through the grievance process and will now go forward to present their case to a federal arbitrator, unless Disney meets their demands.
    They each had worked as full-time Disney performers for three to four years. Since being terminated, their union said they have struggled to find full-time work with health insurance.
    Fired Disney performers seeking jobs, back pay

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    Disney Teamsters Win Wrongful Termination Case
    (Orlando, Fla.)—A federal arbitrator has ruled in favor of three character performers who were fired from Disney's Animal Kingdom for refusing to wear unsanitary costumes, the Teamsters Union announced Monday. The ruling, issued April 26, orders Walt Disney World to reinstate full-time employees Drew Pearson, Matthew Warfield and Raymond “Doug” Biederman.

    Biederman, Pearson and Warfield perform in “The Festival of the Lion King” show at the Animal Kingdom, a popular live-action musical that that involves singing, dancing and acrobatics. On June 10, 2014, the three cast members were fired after refusing to dress in soiled spandex unitards.
    Disney Teamsters Win Wrongful Termination Case | Teamsters
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    According to witness testimony in the case, the spandex unitards were found on a rack of dirty uniforms that, in addition to being covered in sweat from a previous performance, had also been left out in the rain. The arbitrator ruled that the performers were dismissed without just cause and that Disney violated language in a collective bargaining agreement guaranteeing that all costumes be clean – a provision added to the agreement more than a decade ago after incidents of Disney workers contracting rashes, scabies, ringworm and other infections.

    “The ruling states that the bargaining agreement is ‘clear and unambiguous’ when it comes to the clean-costume provision. It just goes to show how important contract language is to the grievance process,” said Donna-Lynne Dalton, Recording Secretary of Local 385 in Orlando, Fla. “We are thrilled to get these talented performers back to work.”
    This is very good news for unions struggling to gain membership. At will employees should realize how important it is to have a contract and a union willing to fight for their rights. Without a contract at will workers are at the mercy of the employers.

    The only thing I'm not happy about is that any money the workers earned in the past 10 months at other jobs after they were fired will be subtracted from their Disney back pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    This is very good news for unions struggling to gain membership. At will employees should realize how important it is to have a contract and a union willing to fight for their rights. Without a contract at will workers are at the mercy of the employers.

    The only thing I'm not happy about is that any money the workers earned in the past 10 months at other jobs after they were fired will be subtracted from their Disney back pay.
    As long as you have the extreme right wingers you will have the anti union brainwashing full spead ahead..
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    They can pay the CEO millions and show billions in income, yet they don't want to dignify employees with clean costumes ?

    Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger’s compensation shot up 35% last fiscal year, to a total of $46.5 million, according to a regulatory filing Friday.
    The increase was driven primarily by a substantial increase in Mr. Iger’s bonus, to $22.8 million in the fiscal year ended Sept. 27, from $13.6 million the prior year.
    According to the filing, the Disney board of directors’ compensation committee agreed to the increase because it credited Mr. Iger personally with shaping and executing a successful strategy for the company.
    Disney’s net income rose 22% last fiscal year to $7.5 billion and revenue rose 8% to $48.8 billion, driven by the blockbuster success of “Frozen,” as well as significant growth in theme parks and consumer products, along with an end to long-running losses in the company’s interactive unit.
    Disney CEO Robert Iger

    Whatever they pay is a drop in the bucket and cost them more in attorney fees and court time then what they felt it was worth.
    Learn to treat all employees with dignity. They certainly treat executive management differently.
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