not sure if you’ve seen this before, first I came across it. Found this in a post titled “The Working Poor at Walt Disney World” via Sociological Images.
“In the 22-minute short film below, titled MouseTrapped 2010, employees of Florida’s Walt Disney World plead with Disney to negotiate a fair contract with their Union. The film is interesting on two accounts. First, is a good example of the low wages in many service industries. Sociologists refer to the “working poor” to describe people who work full-time and yet still cannot make ends meet. Some of the employees in this video take second jobs, live with their parents or siblings, routinely take food from church food banks, or receive food stamps.”
(there is a part 2 you can view by clicking the above Soc. article link)
This video came out almost four years ago. I wonder if things have changed, but I sort of doubt they have much, considering that Disney just this past year tried to work their “magic” on the Florida Senate in getting the state to vote against paid sick days for employees (in the ENTIRE state. Because Disney wanted that badly, not to pay). It’s also worth noting that Disney paid almost $500,000 in back wages in 2010 for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (not, though, for issues relating to the above video).
“There’s times I have to make my month’s insulin last two to three months because I can’t afford to go out and buy it. It’s a choice. Get your medicine, or have food on the table. Naturally, I have a family, food comes first. my wife is making her medication last for months. We just can’t afford to keep going like this.” -speaker in video
As another speaker points out, many employees qualify for government assistance, which essentially means that Disney is relying on government money to make up for what they aren’t willing to pay to employees (and the families that rely on them).