This Saturday, July 17, Disneyland Resort workers and Service Employees International Union – United Service Workers West members will be protesting near the Happiest Place on Earth.
Protesters are accusing Disney of reaping billions in tax breaks while giving its cast members the short end of the stick. The theme parks at the resort have reopened but 40% of the cast members laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic have still not been recalled.
Union president David Huerta said, “It’s frustrating that an employer who received $1.6 billion in Trump-era tax breaks, and whose stock is hitting all-time highs, has not gotten the memo that the cost of labor — and of everything else — has gone up.” He also said that Disney hasn’t offered wages better than “poverty wages” in contract negotiations.
The lowest starting wage at the Disneyland Resort is $15.45 per hour compared to California’s $14 minimum wage. Disney also has been paying for health benefits for furloughed workers for more than a year. A coalition of 11 unions wants base wages to be raised to $20 per hour.
The union protest this weekend, “Rally to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder for a Fair Contract and Against Corporate Greed” will begin at 11 a.m. and take place at 1560 S. Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim, across from the main park entrance.
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