Target: CEO of Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger
Goal: Provide Disney World workers with the adequate compensation they need to support themselves and their families
Many employees at Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World are paid so inadequately that they cannot afford housing in the Orlando area. Orlando’s high cost of living leaves many of these employees homeless or living in motels. These circumstances require immediate action by Walt Disney World to provide pay that corresponds with Orlando’s housing prices.
The majority of Disney’s employees are paid minimum wage, a low $8.03 an hour. This low pay makes most housing in all of Disney World’s Osceola County unattainable for its employees. In addition, Osceola County does not provide homeless shelters, which leaves 1,216 families either homeless or living in cheap motels.
A single one-day pass to one of Disney’s multiple theme parks is $100, which alone should be enough to increase pay for employees considering the establishments attendance of about 17 million people each year. Disney also makes a large profit on its resorts, restaurants, products, donations and all other profits accumulated by the large and profitable Walt Disney Company outside of Disney World alone. Walt Disney World is in no way incapable of giving its employees a substantial raise. The establishment should ensure that the workers of “The Happiest Place on Earth” have at least enough money for food and housing.
Please sign the petition below to ensure that Walt Disney World increases the pay of its workers to ensure that they can afford local housing and are not left homeless.
Dear Mr. Iger,
The majority of your employees at your Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida are extremely underpaid, making not nearly enough to support themselves and their families. Most of your employees make $8.08 an hour, Florida’s minimum wage. This low compensation makes most housing in all of Disney World’s Osceola County financially unattainable for your employees. In addition, Osceola County does not provide homeless shelters, which leaves 1,216 families either homeless or living in cheap motels.
Between Disney World passes, restaurants, resorts, products, and all other Walt Disney Companies outside of the Orlando theme park, your company is among the most profitable in the world. There is no reason that you should be incapable of increasing the pay of your employees. If you wish to uphold Disney World’s reputation as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” you should at least provide your employees with enough compensation for food and housing. On behalf of your employees, we urge you to consider making changes that will improve the lives of those who work for you.
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