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Disney to pay $3.8 million to park workers charged for their costumes

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by GrumpyFan, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. drizgirl

    drizgirl Well-Known Member

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    And what does mom being a physician have to do with it?
     
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    raven Well-Known Member

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    My old roommate who transferred with DVC to California just informed me that he received a letter about this several days ago and has to fill out claim forms because he's effected. It's looking like several hundred dollars in lost wages owed to him.
     
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  3. Phil12

    Phil12 Well-Known Member

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    Although Disney stopped printing and distribution of Disney dollars in May of 2016, I understand they still have a vault full of the currency. They'll probably pay the past due wages back from this stash.
     
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  4. Tom Morrow

    Tom Morrow Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with them? You expect them to wear dress shoes with the amount of walking those jobs require?
     
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  5. raven

    raven Well-Known Member

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    ...which essentially lets them keep their money. ;)
     
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  6. drizgirl

    drizgirl Well-Known Member

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    So the CM's could owe their souls to the company store.
     
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  7. disney4life2008

    disney4life2008 Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely not. Those black shoes most if not all hospitality /restaurants wear
     
  8. Wegerter

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    Disney Provides black non-slip shoes for all F&B CMs which is out of the industry norn.
     
  9. GrumpyFan

    GrumpyFan Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Not sure if anyone mentioned it, but the payout on this averages to about $237 for each CM. Not insignificant, but nothing major either.
     
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  10. JoeCamel

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    Wonder how much for the lawyers?
     
  11. GrumpyFan

    GrumpyFan Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    This was a Department of Labor ruling, so it's a payment Disney owes directly to the CMs. Lawyer fees shouldn't have any effect on this.
     
  12. The Empress Lilly

    The Empress Lilly Well-Known Member

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    Sure, Walt hated unions. Here is Walt Disney's Disney when he had his fall-out with the union:

    Disney artists were the best paid and worked under the best conditions in the industry—but they were discontented.[3]In the early days of the studio, Walt Disney gave 20 percent of the profits from the short cartoons to his employees as bonuses. However, in 1936 Disney suspended this practice.[4] After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Disney started construction on a new spacious studio in Burbank, California. He began moving his staff there from his old studio on Hyperion Avenue in December 1939.[5] At the new Burbank studio a rigid hierarchy system was in place with departments in segregated buildings that were more heavily policed by Disney administrators. Employee benefits such as access to the gymnasium, steam room, and restaurant, as well as spacious and luxurious offices, were reserved for top writers and animators.[5]


    Here is thug ran modern TWDC:
    Break federal law by paying below federal minumum wage. Which is not a living wage to begin with.


    Don't mistake mid-century America (egalitarian, world's highest standard of living, socially mobile, the envy of the world), with modern America (third world inequality, lowest social mobility in the developed world)
     
  13. Siren

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    OMG. I thought I was the only one who noticed those black orthopedic shoes. They don't look so bad with long dark pants.

    But, when those shoes are paired with Capri pants and white ankle socks like the uniforms in Fantasyland, it's just not a good look. But, forgivable given the circumstances. I still feel like Disney can do better.

    If Disney can team up with Adidas for snazzy Star Wars kicks and Vons for stylish men's shoes and Run Disney shoes -- they can do the same for the CM's shoes. It would really complete the look.

    Oh yeah, I'm so glad Disney is paying the back wages. They are doing the right thing.
     
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    Phil12 Well-Known Member

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    When you wish upon a star makes no difference who you are unless Walt Disney didn't like you.
     
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    I got the feeling that Launch Bay is to "tide us over" until SWL is built and they needed a filler anyway since so much there is going offline due to construction.

    Yet I digress, back to those hideous black tennis shoes and costume compensation...
     
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    Chuck Taylors on everyone! :)
    I could see Sketchers GoWalks as more practical.
     
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    Wow @ItlngrlBella! Why didn't I think of that? I like your sense of style. Seriously, you can pair Chuck Taylor's with basically anything and it looks good. And, you're right, that the Sketchers are more practical, especially in regards to rain and comfort. Why not both?

    Speaking of Sketchers, every kid that I've seen turned away at rides were wearing those thick soled Sketchers. As soon as CM's see them, they make the kids take them off before they're measured. LOL.
     
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    raven Well-Known Member

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    Disney added a few styles of New Balance about 5 years ago to those black shoe selections. There are currently about 10 different styles to choose from for CMs. They are given the option to swap them for a new pair once per year. If they don't want to use them they can provide their own, as long as they are within the costume guidelines. So often what you see them wearing is their own personal choice of footwear.
     
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    Is this going to be taxed? If so, the CM's should expect about $50.
     
  20. Bandini

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    Only because they were caught. doing the right thing is not breaking the law in the first place!
     
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