UPDATE, MAY 25, 1:03 P.M.:In case you were wondering if Disney brass heard about Bernie Sanders calling them out, ask yourself this: Does a country bear shit in the woods? “Mr. Sanders clearly doesn’t have his facts right,” says Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown (via City News Service). “The Disneyland Resort generates more than $5.7 billion annually for the local economy, and as the area’s largest employer has added more than 11,000 jobs over the last decade, a 65 percent increase. These numbers don’t take into account our $1 billion expansion to add a Star Wars-themed land, which will create thousands of additional jobs across multiple sectors.” (Um, but don’t see anything there about the hourly wage.)
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 25, 5:38 A.M.: “Anybody here work for Disney? Anybody here making a living wage who works for Disney? Let us be clear, the $7.25 federal minimum wage is not a living wage, it is a starvation wage. I believe we should raise that starvation wage in every state in this country to $15 an hour. Life would be a little bit different for some of the employees here working for Disney if the minimum wage here was $15.”
–Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, blaspheming the Walt Disney Co. Tuesday morning at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is across the street from Disneyland.
All Tragic Kingdom workers will receive at least $15 an hour by 2022, under legislation approved in California earlier this year. It’s at $10 an hour now.