"In the happiest place on earth, they are paid so badly that they rely on food banks, sleep in cars, or live so close to their bones that even a small problem could drive them into a death spiral."
This is Disney heiress Abigail Disney, who explains why she supports a California bill that increases corporate taxes depending on the gap between her highest-paid executives and the rest of the workforce.
According to the Associated Press, the bill was removed from the committee's first hearing on Wednesday to keep it alive before the January 31 deadline until the Senate passed.
The proposal would only affect companies that generate taxable income of at least $ 10 million from businesses in California, including Walt Disney
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and about 2,000 other companies.
Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Roy Disney, the co-founder of Disney, supported the bill by using Walt Disney – where she doesn't play an official role – as an example of a company that has to pay its workers higher wages.
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"If your overall reputation as a company depends on the idea of a clean floor, you should be willing to pay your employees to do their job well and with dignity," she told lawmakers this week. "Because dignity is not an advantage."
Last summer she said she was "angry" after being with Disney workers in a union office in Anaheim, California and hearing what it was like to work there.
"I went to Anaheim and wanted to be sure that I really, really understand the situation and context," she said at the time. "Every single one of those people I spoke to said," I don't know how to keep that face of joy and warmth when I have to go home to look for food in other people's trash. "
Abigail Disney would later say that she may have been "hyperbolic" about the comment "Food For Food". "You know I get emotional sometimes," she said in an interview to NPR last September.
A Walt Disney spokesman made this statement:
“The truth is that Disney has made significant investments to encourage employee mobility, starting with a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour, high-quality health insurance for just $ 6 a week, childcare allowances, and one Primary Insurance Investment of $ 150 million to pay for college, post-graduate, or professional degrees for hourly employees under the Disney Aspire program; To date, more than 12,000 employees have registered for courses. "
Disney stocks gained less than 1% on Thursday and gained ground along with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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and S&P 500 index
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