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Thread: Labor Talks Heat Up for Disney Park Workers on Both Coasts

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    Default Labor Talks Heat Up for Disney Park Workers on Both Coasts

    I know there are teamsters working for Disney in Florida. Disney used to be considered one of the best employers when I was growing up in CA. My step dad worked there as a teenager, my x-husband worked there as a teenager. Sounds like greed has taken over there too!

    Walt Disney Co. is finding itself in heated talks with union workers over pay and other issues as profits at the company’s theme-park division soar.

    Employees have picketed outside Walt Disney World and complained in writing about being shut out of Disneyland for the annual holiday party. Last week, unions representing park workers in Florida and California filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board over Disney’s decision to withhold a special $1,000 tax-reform bonus while contracts talks are under way, saying the company discriminated against those staffers.

    “Here is a company that has the best movies about how we’ve got to help one another and how racism is wrong and how we’ve got to take care of our toys,” said Glynndana Shevlin, a 58-year-old who’s worked for almost 30 years at Disney. She makes $15.70 an hour serving wine and is among those waiting for her bonus. “I don’t feel like they take care of me when it comes to my own life.”

    Disney said in a statement that, as required by law, compensation packages must be negotiated with the unions, and that the bonus is part of what’s under negotiation.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...on-both-coasts
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    Default Teamsters Local 385 Disney Workers Confront Company Leaders About Poverty Wages

    Disney cast members employed at both Disneyland and Disney World, including members represented by Local 385 in Orlando, attended the Walt Disney Company shareholders meeting in Houston on Thursday to protest the poverty-level wages they receive.

    According to Disney’s own proxy statement, the ratio of CEO compensation to the median Disney worker is 367 to 1.

    Disney’s top five named executive officers received combined compensation of more than $224.5 million over the past three years while thousands of Disney cast members who help make the Parks and Resorts business segment the company’s most profitable are struggling just to survive.

    A recent survey of Disneyland employees showed that 73% face economic hardship because they are not paid a living wage. Roughly 60% percent of the cast members are paid less than $12 per hour, and 8,000 are paid only $10 an hour.

    Unfortunately, Disney Chairman Bob Iger shut down the meeting soon after showing upcoming movie previews and a presentation of new plans for the theme parks, denying time for important questions from cast members of U.S. theme parks.

    “It is high time that the company acknowledge the Disney Parks’ workers sacrifices and contributions to our company,” said Joe Fittipaldi, a 33-year bus driver and Local 385 member. “In so many ways we are the face of Disney. We will not be treated as second class citizens in our own company.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/03/te...-poverty-wages
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    Teamsters Call for Living Wage at Disney

    Teamsters Local 385 members and the members of five other unions led a parade through Downtown Disney on Friday to bring public attention to their fight for a living wage.

    The workers are in contract negotiations with Disney at its Orlando theme parks. In December, Disney workers overwhelmingly rejected a substandard contract offer from the company containing poverty wages. Disney recently announced it would pay a one-time $1,000 bonus to workers after the company benefited from tax cuts. Disney is now denying its union workers in contract talks this promised benefit unless they agree to a substandard contract.

    Teamsters Local 385 represents 4,700 bus drivers, parking attendants, laundry workers, characters and ranch workers at the park. There are 38,000 Walt Disney World workers whose average pay is $11 per hour.

    Disney CEO Bob Iger received $36.3 million last year and may receive more than $423 million in compensation over the next four years. Meanwhile, the company is offering an increase of just 50 cents per hour to its workers.

    The workers are staying vocal and united for a fair contract!
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/03/te...ng-wage-disney

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 385 Disney Workers Confront Company Leaders About Poverty Wages

    Unions at Disneyland say they have enough signatures to put living wage ordinance on Anaheim ballot
    A coalition of unions representing Disneyland workers say they have collected enough signatures to put a ballot measure before Anaheim voters that would require Walt Disney Co. to pay the resort workers a “living wage.”

    The coalition of 11 labor unions that have been pushing for higher wages at Disneyland Resort, which includes the California Adventure Park and nearby hotels, says it plans to present a petition with about 20,000 signatures to the Anaheim city clerk’s office Tuesday morning.
    The unions say they are primarily targeting the Disneyland Resort, the city’s largest employer with about 30,000 workers, because they say Disney is profiting from millions in taxpayer subsidies while employees struggle to pay their bills.

    In 2016, the Anaheim City Council voted to give Disneyland a tax break of about $267 million over the next 20 years to build a luxury hotel in the resort. Construction of the 700-room hotel is expected to be completed in 2021.
    Unions at Disneyland say they have enough signatures to put living wage ordinance on Anaheim ballot - The San Diego Union-Tribune
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