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Senator Bernie Sanders calls out Disney for not paying its Cast Members a living wage

Here in Orlando, unions representing Walt Disney World Cast Members are currently embroiled in a battle with Disney management in an effort to win a living wage for Cast Members throughout the resort.

Now, Senator Bernie Sanders has weighed in on the debate. going public via his Twitter account, calling out Disney for not paying Cast Members a living wage, while at the same time he called out former company CEO Bob Chapek for doing a "lousy" job!

Senator Bernie Sanders calls out Disney for not paying Cast Members a living wage

Senator Bernie Sanders pointed out that while Cast Members were struggling to pay rent or afford groceries, the company were able to pay "lousy" Bob Chapek, a $20 million payout for him to disappear quietly.

Sanders urged Disney to pay Cast Members a living wage of at least $18 per hour.

Here is the tweet from Senator Sanders which he posted early this morning.

Walt Disney World Cast Members current contracts ended last October, and negotiations have been ongoing, with Disney returning to the negotiating table with unions yesterday, Wednesday, February 15, 2023 in the latest round of contract negotiations.

Negotiations resumed following an overwhelming 96% rejection of Walt Disney World’s offer to gradually raise wages to $20 over the next few years by the Service Trades Council Union, who represent more than 45,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members, yet despite this, unbelievably Disney came back to the table with a WORSE offer than the one that Cast Members had rejected!

Plus, this is happening at time when earlier this week, Universal Orlando announced it's raising its Team Members starting pay to $17 per hour, plus additional raises coming to current Team Members.

In contrast, Disney’s current base rate of pay for Cast Members is $15 per hour.

Walt Disney World cast members protesting outside Disney World

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