Disneyland protesters arrested following labor dispute

Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 12:25 AM | Contributed by rollergator

Disney now wants to eliminate the free health plan for new hires and wants to create a new class of workers who put in less than 30 hours a week, said Briceno. Those part-time workers would receive no sick or vacation pay and not be given holidays, she said. The company also wants to increase the number of hours full-time employees must work before qualifying for the health plan, she said.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 1:15 AM
Disney taking the Wal-Mart route? :)
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 3:02 AM
They've already done this is most of the other departments; this is nothing new at the Disneyland Resort. The hard-working Cast Members in Attractions, Stores, Custodial, and Main Entrance are already on a similar contract.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:38 AM
Maybe they should strike.
Then Disney can send in the strike breakers, aka Tiggers in full battle gear and settle this thing once and for all.
People like violence, so Disney could profit from this. Maybe even sell tickets.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 1:42 PM
Way to squeeze the little guy, Mickey. Maybe every company ought to do what you're doing. The right wingers will smugly tell us that if you don't like it, don't work there. And pretty soon there won't be anywhere to work that doesn't pay and treat you like a serf.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 1:46 PM
rollergator's avatar Can't help but thinking that the health insurance thing is JUST beginning to bite this country in the backside. The election outlook seems to be clearing up, and the healthcare situation in this country is going to get wayyyy worse before it gets better.

Did anyone else think 14.32/hour for a maid seemed a bit steep? Cost of living out there must be even higher than I thought....not that I considered myself ignorant, but geez. Of course, if you're paying your own insurance premiums - then any service-sector jobs are immediately priced out of the labor market.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 1:56 PM
Soggy's avatar Part-time work = part-time perks, which is little or nothing. That's pretty much the way it works in a lot of businesses. It sucks for new-hires, but that's life. It doesn't matter how big the company is, labor is the thing they attempt to low-ball.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:22 PM
Jeff's avatar I'm surprised that they're disputing the insurance thing. I can't remember working anywhere, including various crappy retail jobs, where you had access to any benefits without being full time.

I also thought that the wages sounded fair for the jobs, unless there's something I'm not aware of regarding the cost of living.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:19 PM
janfrederick's avatar From what I understand, most of the folks who were arrested do not work for Disney. Also, the negotiations are still in progress...it's not like they are at an impasse or anything.

In any case, I've been hearing that Dianey is having a difficult time retaining CMs. You'd think they'd want to get the negotiations over as quickly as possible.

Anyway, my folks had a rough time getting to their hotel room that evening due to the protests.

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Friday, August 22, 2008 2:42 PM
I'm still trying to figure out how making beds is considered "heavy labor."
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Friday, August 22, 2008 5:05 PM
rollergator's avatar ^Can't tuck if ya don't lift... ;)

Have to wonder if the idea of "part-time" might include all of the housekeeping staff (read: maids) that might *typically* work around 30-35 hours/week....which could then lead to a total lack of health insurance. Wal-Marting your employees' healthcare coverage is a great way for a business to reduce costs...and Medicare doesn't cost employers a thing! ;)

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