Buck up, Mickey: Disney World fights sick days
The Florida theme park pressured state lawmakers to vote against allowing local governments to set their own wage, benefits and sick-time laws.
Perhaps "The Most Magical Place on Earth" is hoping a wave of Tinkerbell's wand can cure employee illnesses.
The folks at Walt Disney World (DIS) are so opposed to recent efforts in Florida aimed at allowing communities and municipalities to enact their own wage and benefits laws -- and to guarantee employee sick days -- that it has leaned on Florida lawmakers to table the issue. Well, when you wish upon a hacking, wheezing star, your dreams come true.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Senate voted to prevent local government from enforcing such policies until a statewide study could be conducted. More than 50,000 voters in Walt Disney World's Orange County home (part of the park is also in Osceola County) tried to place the earned sick-time measure on the Nov. 6 ballot last year, but the County Commission voted to keep it off. A three-judge panel ordered the board to put it on the 2014 ballot, but the Senate's decision effectively makes that vote about as binding as a mayoral election on the Magic Kingdom's Main Street U.S.A.
Mickey doesn't deserve all the credit for ensuring his sniffling mascots' right to work through just about any non-debilitating illness. Darden Restaurants (DRI), which owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden and was complaining about Obamacare before it became the thing to do, joined Walt Disney World and the Florida Chamber of Commerce in drafting the Senate's roadblock legislation.
Darden and Disney first partnered against minimum-wage legislation when Orange County voters pushed for a referendum last year. Disney World, for its part, could really use a win after Reuters aired workers' complaints in 2010 that the theme park doesn't provide a living wage. That same year, Occupational Health and Safety pointed out that U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found Walt Disney World was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and forced it to pay $433,819 in back wages to 69 employees.
The latest sick-day bill now heads back to the Florida House of Representatives, which will have until May 3 to agree with changes or send the bill back. If Disney World or its strip-mall restaurant sidekicks think this has weakened their opponents' resolve, maybe they should read the post-vote statement from Stephanie Porta, with the Florida Coalition for Local Control, before skipping back to Fantasyland.
"Today, Republicans in the Florida Senate stood up for corporations like Disney and Darden and against the interests of families who believe their own communities know what is best for them."
Walt Disney is a complete eyesore and should have many big news agencies exposing these pathetic exploiters of children and poverty stricken nations. Had I known these pathetic losers were exploiting workers and children in not just this nation but especially in third world countries for pure profit, I would never have set foot inside their pathetic world or even considered paying 30-50$ for the clothes items they sell here after paying just pennies an hour for children and workers to make under duress in third world countries. I was not aware of their practices only until after hearing they had their workers locked into a building that was on fire while ordering them to continue working and caused more than a hundred workers deaths in that fire alone.
They are a horrible and unamerican company in every respect. Search Disney in Bangladesh. That is just one of the countries these bastards exploit workers in so it is no surprise to see them running with the extremists in this country in an attempt to bring that kind of worker slavery here in america.
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