So much for the "happiest place on earth." The heritage of the Disney fortune recently went to one of their undercover theme parks, saying the visit made her "lively."
Abigail Disney told Yahoo News Show "Through Her Eyes" that an employee sent her a Facebook
message expressing how tragic is employed by the Magic Kingdom. Then she went to Disneyland to see it for herself.
"Every one of these people I spoke to said," I don't know how to maintain this joy and warmth when I go home and feed for food in others' garbage "," Disney, 59, told Yahoo News host and human rights activist Zainab Salbi in an interview published Monday.
Disney is the grandson of late Roy Disney, who inherited The Walt Disney Co.
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with his brother, Walt Disney. She does not have an active role in the company. Disney said her grandfather would not approve the current working conditions at the parks he helped create.
"I was so lively when I came out from there, because … my grandfather taught me how to pay tribute to those people who take your tickets, who pour your soda."
She added that "these people are much of the recipe for success …. when the grandfather worked there, he hired people there to get a job for life."
This is not the first time Abigail Disney has criticized how The Mickey Mouse firm and its CEO Bob Iger treat their lowest paid employees. Walt Disney Co. employs more than 200,000 people worldwide.
In April, she said that the $ 65 million Iker payment package is "insane" on a Fast Company Impact Council discussion of "human capitalism", noting that his compensation is 1,424 times the median Disney employee. She also told CNBC that "Jesus Christ himself is not worth 500 times his median worker's wages."
Related: Disney heritage: Jesus Christ himself does not deserve so much money
A 2018 survey conducted on behalf of a group of unions found that nearly three-quarters of full-time and part-time employees (73%) said they didn't make enough money at Disneyland Resort to pay for basic expenses each month. More than half were worried about being thrown out, and one-tenth had been homeless in the two previous years.
Related: Some Disneyland employees say they are struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.
Disney, who has a $ 120 million own net worth, came to a group of 19 ultra-savvy Americans, including George Soros, who signed an open letter to the 2020 presidential candidates last month, and requires a moderate wealth tax on the richest 1%. to reduce inequality. She recently told The Cut that she has donated $ 70 million to charity over the past 30 years.
She also told Yahoo in the new interview that she had sent her concerns and told him that he was "a major CEO of any measure, perhaps even the largest CEO in the country right now", and urged him to " be known as the guy who led to a better place because that is what you have the power to do. "She said she was referred to the HR department.
Walt Disney Co. Responding to an e-mail statement to MarketWatch, the company offers a start-up minimum wage of $ 15 an hour, as well as free education opportunities and healthcare benefits for hourly staff starting at $ 6 a week.
"Our Disney Aspire initiative is the most comprehensive employee education in the country, covering 100% of all tuition, books and fees, so our hourly staff can complete higher education free of charge and perform without debt. Under Bob Igers management, Disney has done An initial commitment of $ 150 million to fund this program over the first five years, and will continue to make substantial investments to make Disney Aspire available to as many employees as possible, says the statement. "Disney also provides flexible schedules and subsidized child care for to make it easier for employees to take advantage of this opportunity – and we are proud that more than 40% of our 88,000 plus hourly employees have already joined to participate. "