Friday, August 15, 2008

Peter Pan, Snow White arrested at Disneyland

I'm not a big fan of Walt Disney for many reasons. Back in the 60's they would not allow us long haired hippy folks into Disneyland. During the HUAC hearings in the 50's Walt named names.
Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince by Marc Eliot is a bio that Walts family tried to stop from being published.
However, When it comes to Peter Pan I have most of the books written by James M Barrie as well as many movies (except for the Disney cartoons). I've seen the play on Broadway many times and I thought that Johnny Depp should have won an Oscar for Finding Neverland.
So once again the Disney folks are at it again when it comes to Unions and Strikes. There was a lot of Police violence when Disney cartoonists tried to orgainize in the 30's.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell and other fictional fixtures of modern-day childhood were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans Thursday at the culmination of a labor protest that brought a touch of reality to the Happiest Place on Earth.

The arrest of the 32 protesters, many of whom wore costumes representing famous Disney characters, came at the end of an hour-long march to Disneyland's gates from one of three Disney-owned hotels at the center of a labor dispute.

The protesters were arrested on a misdemeanor count of failure to obey a police officer and two traffic infractions, said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim police. They were cited and released, Sgt. Chris Schneider said.

'Taking away entitlements stinks'
Bewildered tourists in Disney T-shirts and caps, some pushing strollers, filed past the commotion and gawked at the costumed picketers getting hauled away. The protest shut down a major thoroughfare outside Disneyland and California Adventure for nearly an hour.

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

The dispute involves about 2,300 maids, bell hops, cooks and dishwashers at three Disney-owned hotels: the Paradise Pier, the Grand Californian and the Disneyland Hotel.

Two-tier wage system?
The workers' contract expired in February and their union says Disney's latest proposal makes health care unaffordable for hundreds of employees and creates an unfair two-tier wage system. The union also says Disney wants to create a new category of part-time employees who would receive greatly reduced benefits.

"The other hotels around the area all have health care that is provided by the boss and have been able to get wage increases," said Ada Briceno, president of Unite Here Local 681, which represents the workers.

"At the other hotels in the same classification, for the same work, the workers get paid $2 to $3 an hour more."

Those who were arrested sat in a circle on a busy intersection outside the park holding hands until they were placed in plastic handcuffs and led to two police vans while hundreds of hotel workers cheered and chanted.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have spent many a happy hour in the Disney in Florida and also the one in France.But there are two sides to Disney that the average tourist is not even aware of.
I was visitng the one at Florida a few years ago and stopped for dinner in a French restaurant.The waiter that served us was from France as a lot of the kids were.We got to chatting . He was also serving a large table of ten.
when they had left he came to see if we wanted anthting else and we talke some more. He had tears in his eyes upon asking him what was wrong, he told us the table had not left him a tip. He told us that disney took a ten percent amount out of their wages.So he was down ten percent.They also put these youngsters up in Disney accomodation . So if they leave their job, then they lose their home also. Nice hey!