Disney World unions launch website profiling employees
Written by Robert Niles
A coalition of unions representing almost 30,000 workers at Walt Disney World has launched a website in an effort to draw public attention to those workers.Tweet
WeAreDisney.info offers personal stories from cast members as well as data about wages, benefits and other issues the unions see as important in ongoing negotiations with Disney.
From the press release:
WeAreDisney.info takes you behind the scenes to meet those who work so hard to make millions of visitors' dreams come true every year. Featuring profiles of Disney workers, also known as Cast Members, the site details their struggles to support themselves and their families.
The main contract, covering about 21,000 Disney cast members, expires April 28.
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Also, Econ 101 says that a company's labor costs have next to zilch effect on consumer prices. *Those* are determined by what the market will bear. If a company's raking it in at the box office, union representation's the best way to ensure that a bigger chunk of the revenue goes to the workers, and not to executives.
A bone to the other side: Smart union leaders negotiate over money and benefits. That's it. Don't try to usurp management's job. Let management be flexible about job definitions, assignments and duties, in exchange for more cash.
Okay, that was more than two cents' worth. But I wanted to get it out there to pre-empt any knee-jerk, dittohead responses bashing unions.
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