Published On: Mon, Jun 4th, 2018

Bernie Sanders attacks Disney, calls for minimum wage hike, socialists call for a ‘shaming’ of the company

Over the weekend, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took on another big opponent: Disney.

Sanders joined unions pushing a ballot measure to require a minimum wage of $15.

“The struggle that you are waging here in Anaheim is not just for you,” Sanders said. “It is a struggle for millions of workers all across this country who are sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages.”

Then he took to Twitter:

I have a feeling ABC will not be asking on its nightly news program tonight how Disney can make $9 billion in profits while three-quarters of Disneyland employees can’t afford basic living expenses.

photo screenshot of Bernie Sanders campaign ad

His rhetoric stoked the fire for socialists:

“We need to SHAME @Disney. I want to hear their moral justification that while making billions of dollars they have workers going hungry” @BernieSanders#stopdisneypoverty#PoorPeoplesCampaignpic.twitter.com/BFAvzZFo1n

— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) June 2, 2018

Sanders was joined on stage by members of a coalition of unions that had gathered about 21,000 signatures to qualify for the November municipal ballot that seeks to require large employers who receive government subsidies to maintain a $15 minimum wage.

To qualify for the ballot only 10 percent, or 13,150, of Anaheim voters needed to provide their signatures.

If adopted, the measure would require a $15 minimum wage starting on Jan. 1, 2019, and a $1 raise every Jan. 1 through 2022. After an employee’s pay reaches $18 an hour, raises would be pegged to the cost of living.

University of Washington study points out the awful consequences of the rate hike in Seattle: “employees increased wages, which you’d expect given the mandate of the law, but they also cut hours and they cut jobs.”

Disney is the top employer in Orange County, with 30,000 workers. Disney has been in negotiations with unions like the Master Services Council, which represents nearly 10,000 cast members — and Disney has already offered a plan that would grant $15 minimum wage by 2020. Disney has increased employment by 50% over the last decade. Hourly cast members already receive overtime and premiums. Nearly nine in ten leadership workers in operations started off as hourly employees, and in 2017, more than 2,000 part-time workers became full-time. Furthermore, Disneyland resort pays an average of $13,500 per family for full-time workers’ medical premiums.

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