Saturday, August 16, 2008

Bestest protest ever?

Mickey Mouse in chains? Try telling the kids why Snow White, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan are being hauled in by the police. (OK, plastic handcuffs, but you get the point)

Somebody thought of dressing protestors as Disney characters in a labor protest against three of that company's hotels.

That ranks right up there with the legendary Saul Alinsky feeding his troops beans and sending them to a concert in the chocolate-colored company town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Have we got your attention yet?

"Publicity stunts are not productive and are extremely disruptive to the resort district," said Disney spokeswoman Lisa Haines.

"It's changing my opinion of Disneyland," said tourist Amanda Kosato, who was visiting from north of Melbourne, Australia. "Taking away entitlements stinks."

Hotel workers claim they agreed to wages two-to-three dollars less than in other area hotels in exchange for health benefits that Disney now wants to modify.

Granted, it's an urban area, and in California to boot, but the wages they're talking about show how far we've got to go on Saipan: "Co-worker Diane Dominguez, 50, said she was worried about losing health care because of the heavy labor involved in lifting mattresses, moving furniture and making dozens of beds a day. She also said rising prices and the cost of gas were eating into her salary of $11.11 an hour."


Lil' Hammerhead said...

Caught that on the news this morning. Of course that protest was "effective".. keeps disney on the offensive and opens the publics eyes about the company. In the long run it works. How long do you think disney is going to tolerate Mickey and Peter telling folks disney is screwing them.. not too long.

bigsoxfan said...

Snow White in Chains, eh? Sounds like a really bad porno flick.