As Disneyland reopens, workers claim their employers have refused to pay them the living wage required by Measure L, approved by Anaheim voters in 2018. The law requires Anaheim Resort employers that receive city tax subsidies pay employees a living wage, currently $17 per hr.
“This pandemic has affected thousands of hotel workers across Anaheim like myself who need a living wage to provide for our families now more than ever.” said Mayda Martinez, a Uniform Attendant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel for 9 years.
“I love being part of the magic for all the kids and guests. We should be able to walk away from a hard day’s work and not struggle to live. Companies like Disney should do what is right.” said Michi Cordell, a 13-year cast member at Disneyland.
“Disney has benefited for years from public monies from the City of Anaheim; yet it refuses to pay its employees the required living wage. This defiance of Measure L is furthering the very real struggles of its workers.” Plaintiffs’ attorney Randy Renick.
According to a 2018 report, Disneyland workers surveyed reported experiencing low wages, food insecurity, long commutes, and even homelessness. At that time, more than 85% of union workers at Disneyland earned less than $15 an hour.
The purpose of living wage ordinances is to require recipients of public funds to pay wages that keep employees out of poverty. Disney has resisted paying a living wage, arguing that tax payments on the $200 million bonds they received did not constitute a rebate of taxes.
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