Disney's Squeezing Their Workers Yet Again

The “Disney Signature” healthcare benefit plan that they’re demanding Unite Here Local 11 (a Labor United affiliate) members change to would require an almost $400 contribution a month for families (which would grow to over $500/month over the next 5 years). As if workers making slightly over minimum wage in Southern California can afford this additional expense. Up to this point, Local 11 has been extremely successful ensuring that their employees don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for healthcare. Moreover, these workers have sacrificed raises time and again to keep their families and themselves covered. The entertainment industry has finally stepped up for Local 11’s Hyatt workers – the Directors’, Producers’ and Writers’ Guilds all moved their award shows away from the Century Hyatt in support of their labor dispute. Now it’s time for the Academy to listen to what Disney workers are dealing with and take a stand against the studio that has grossed over $1 billion for Toy Story 3. Local 11 has launched a “No Oscar” campaign against the film – please go to to watch a video, learn more, and find out how you can support. And remember, Disney is not the only enemy here. The private insurance industry is complicit and is, in fact, helping drive this train. Only with a sustainable, secure, and just healthcare system can we find a solution to the “choices” workers are given at the bargaining table: stagnant wages, fewer benefits, more out-of-pocket costs...all while those profiting from our healthcare system make out like bandits!

Published October 25th, 2010

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