It may very well be the “happiest place on earth,” but not so much for those who work at Disneyland. Workers there have been a a battle with officials at the theme park demanding higher wages.
It seems that both sides of this fair wage fight have reached a tentative agreement from the resort, after weeks of back and forth frustrations.
The agreement between Disneyland Resort and the Master Services Council is expected to be ratified later this week. This is according to a joint statement from the two parties.
“We have had a successful history of working together since Disneyland Park opened in 1955, and this contract continues that shared commitment to Cast Members,” the statement said.
The workers at Disneyland have been applying pressure on their parent company for a number of weeks. They even delivered a petition with more than 120,000 signatures on it to the Disney headquarters in Burbank last month.
In a statement, they urged the company to implement what they call a “living wage.”
The delivery of the petition came just days before the Anaheim City Council was scheduled to vote on a proposed ballot measure requiring companies that benefit from city subsidies – such as Disney — to set a $15 minimum wage.
“We think that $15 is a start, but a true living wage in Orange County, where Disneyland resort is, is between $18-20 an hour,” California Adventure employee Artemis Bell said.
At the time the petition and statement was submitted, a Disneyland spokesperson issued a statement calling the petition delivery a “blatant stunt” and “nothing more than political grandstanding.”
Workers called off another protest that was planned for this week after the agreement was announced.
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