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Former Disney employees weigh in on labor issues at the parks

Readers respond to story about wages at Disney


Ratting on the mouse

I was unfortunate enough to have to go work for the Rat this past summer as I was unemployed and looking for a real job (“Walt Disney World raises prices, but not wages,”, Feb. 27). I have a master’s degree and was hired as a bus driver. I had never driven a bus before, but the HR woman told me I could learn. During my en-serfment to the company I learned that their workforce is extremely segregated and homogeneous. Bus drivers, for example, are made up of mostly retirees. They can afford to work for slave wages at Disney because it’s not their main source of income. The Rat also loves using interns and college graduates because they will also work for almost nothing while thanking the Rat for the opportunity. This company is full of greed and mismanagement. I would never pay to enter one of their parks, yet tourists continue to come, only to be nickled and dimed by overpriced crap. Their union, the Teamsters are a joke. As you can see, they accomplish nothing but give lip service to the workers who think they are making a difference. Hoffa would be spinning in his grave.
Chris, via

Orlando really is a horrible place to work. I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and I applied at a job here that I had been interviewed at up there. I requested $15 an hour because in Chicago I was told that was at the low end. Instead, they offered me $10.75 for a management position where I was in charge of a store. When questioned about it, I was simply told that the cost of living in Orlando is lower than Chicago. It may be a little, but I’m pretty sure my $600 a month apartment is smaller here than is was up there, and my car payment doesn’t care where I live. Cell phones cost the same no matter where you live, and car insurance just won’t stop going up. The fact is, the cost of living is the same no matter where you live unless you’re living in a downtown area, so why is it that people working retail in Orlando make, on average, $3-$4 less an hour doing the same job as almost anywhere else in this country?
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