Disneyland Workers claim “Disney is Unfaithful”

UNITE HERE local 11 has started a blog to keep track of the many ways they see the Walt Disney Company as being unfaithful to its workers and values.

Approximately 2,300 employees of the Disneyland Hotels, including bellmen, dishwashers, room attendants, and cooks, have been working without a contract since February 2008. Disney is unfaithful to the community and the workers because they do not uphold their espoused family values. Many hotel workers who have given years to the company will be faced with increased difficulty in obtaining healthcare for their families due to the proposals of Disney. The company is proposing to increase both cost and eligibility requirements to these low wage workers for benefits like health-care, vacation and seniority. This will cause suffering to many workers and their children.

For instance they point out that:

In 2007, [Disney CEO] Iger made $27,700,000 – or approximately $75,890 a day! In contrast, a Disney family of four with two full-time working parents, a dishwasher and a housekeeper, together make $41,434 per year, or $3,453 per month. The math is obvious: it would take almost two years for this working family to make what Iger makes in just one day. Such families are barely able to pay for the high cost of housing, food, child care, transportation and healthcare in Orange County.

Of course, $27 million pails in comparison with Eisner’s $205 million in the height of his reign. I’m not sure if that would please the folks at UNITE HERE.