Universal employees take out their own garbage, job cuts on the horizon

Posted Friday, September 19, 2003 5:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff

On Monday, the facilities manager at Universal Orlando's sprawling theme-park resort informed back-office workers that they would have to start disposing of their own garbage three days a week. It was one of several belt-tightening moves aimed at beefing up the resort's "business model," Universal Orlando chief Bob Gault said in an accompanying e-mail. The decision was reversed Thursday, but employees are worried about the impending job cuts, about a hundred, coming in the next few months.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, September 19, 2003 5:44 AM
Taking out the trash while you are employed is better than taking it out at home when you are unemployed. Suck it up and do it.

The folks in Orlando should look around. The City of Orlando laid off some 200 workers back in the early summer because of budgeting issues. All levels were affected.

Friday, September 19, 2003 10:01 AM
seriously, i'm with wahoo on this one... do they all have their ties tied to tight to take one for the team... maybe by not being so lazy, and actually agreeing to walk out back to a dumpster every once in a while, they could save their company some money, and perhaps preserve their own jobs!

looking forward to what pki has in store for us in 2004..... and 2005.....

Saturday, September 20, 2003 6:00 AM
I wonder if the "front-office" folks have to take out their own trash too..
Saturday, September 20, 2003 7:24 AM
Sounds like standard business publicity stunt stuff to me. There are a million businesses out there who have initiated this kind of thing. If anyone in the office complains about this one, then they don't belong there in the first place. I seriously doubt that the front office folks have to take theirs out, because Lord forbid they have to do a little leg work once in a while. If you ask me, the back offiice isn't the one that need looked at, it's the front one. The company is losing money, and it's the decision makers fault, not the secretary's down the hall. I bet that the Execs still have their suites, limos, and all those other perks....not to mention fat paychecks. The condition of a company is ultimately reflected on its board of execs... Give them a little temporary pay cut...and we will probably see the company come out of it's little slump very quickly.
Saturday, September 20, 2003 2:10 PM
That is what I blame the poor economy on! Corporate GREED is severely shrinking the middle class. where extremely greedy execs are taking money out of the pockets of their lower paid employee putting it into theirs (giving themeselves a BIG FAT raise) making the poor poorer having NO money to spend at theme park anymore! No wonder there is declining attendence at theme parks because most people can NOT afford to visit a park anymore especially families. Paychecks are shrinking in REAL dollars for almost everyone except the jerks at the top.
Sunday, September 21, 2003 5:26 PM
Be careful, guys. Unless you actually work there like my other half, be careful what kind of comments you make.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 1:51 PM
Would your other half have insight into whether this policy has been implemented in both offices? Just curious. D the Great does have some points. You rarely hear of execs taking pay/benefit cuts. Then again, it might not be great publicity to let the public know what kind of perks they've been getting in the face of a recession.


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza


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