Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:02 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Hotel and restaurant workers engaged in a two-year labor dispute with Disney centering on heathcare benefits plan to launch a public hunger strike Tuesday afternoon outside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Disney says the tactic is grand-standing.
Read more from The LA Times.
Disney's strategy for breaking the hunger strike.... giant mouse traps!
Look, I'm all up for healthcare benefits, but fasting to prove a point just sounds ludicrous. I sure in the hell wouldn't starve myself just because some billion dollar company isn't satisfying me... you're only making yourself look like a fool.Last edited by CoasterInsider, Wednesday, February 10, 2010 11:22 PM
On a serious note, it takes balls to strike in these trying times. hmm!
I was wondering who would catch on to that :)
The only people you are damaging is yourself and making yourself look like a fool in the process.
I want to add a "ROTFL!!!" too, Delan. That was my first thought after reading the story.
These folks have been bitching and moaning for years now over jobs that, quite frankly, aren't exactly skilled labor. I can't imagine there are people out there who wouldn't be perfectly happy to have those jobs.
Everyone should be happy they atleast have a job. Should be grateful for what you have compared to others.
While I agree in general, it's also times like these that make it that much easier for "Giganto Corp." to exploit its workers.
But is giving benefits, any benefits, to part-time unskilled labor really exploiting anyone? Other times that this story has come up with these same people, I've scratched my head trying to figure out how part-time work scored health benefits in the first place.
Other than those in education or government, I'm not aware of that many jobs where health care is fully paid for by the employer. I understand they're not making all that much, but $250 a month for family health care is a bargain. They'd be looking at well over $1,000 a month on the open market for the same coverage. Employer paid health care is not an inherent right.
Microsoft pays for everything, and no co-pays or deductibles, or exclusions for pre-existing conditions. Making a baby, you can be I appreciate that.
But yes, it is rare, and it's nearly unheard of for part-time workers (Starbucks is a notable exception).
I work at a bank..part time, and I get no healthcare!
I work for a small business, full-time, and I get no benefits whatsoever. ZIP. But I am very grateful to have my job. It's not so bad, really.
I do understand a little about where they are coming from though. $250 per month is a lot of money for someone who is only making $800 a month full-time, especially raising kids, and from what I've heard, especially in CA where the cost of living is so high. I have never heard of a part-time job with health insurance though. Who could afford to pay for it with part-time wages?
Does this mean Disney will take the ball and run with this with an ALL-NEW character?
Gandhi: Ya don't have'ta eat!
Gandhi Sings Temple of the Dog!
I don't mind
From the mouths of decadence...
Last edited by FLYINGSCOOTER, Saturday, February 13, 2010 9:18 AM
Imagine the Sitar solo!
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