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  • (what if) Cast Members (went) on Strike ?

    Back in 1984, several workers' unions voted to go on strike rather than accept the contracts Disneyland management was offering. Among others, attractions cast members walked out, and the attractions were manned by cast members crossing picket lines, supervisors, and other salaried people from other Disney divisions, including WDI (WED at that time.) It went on for several months, right through the ouster of Ron Miller and the coronation of Eisner, until it was settled and people returned to their former jobs. It was a passionate, emotional time, and the wounds ran pretty deep for a while. Back then, Disneyland was full of "Lifers," who worked attractions as a career. They felt their very livelyhoods were being threatened. Others felt that that the Disneyland cast members, who had persevered through two extraordinary attempts by corporate raiders to take control of Disney, were being unfairly singled out and being asked to pay for the Company's dismal financial performance in the twenty years following Walt's death, when Disneyland was one of the few money-making divisions the company had.

    If it happened again, and Cast members walked because they felt that they had to, what would your reaction be? Would you support them? Would you visit the parks? Do you think such a thing might happen again, or are things too different now? What do you think?

    (PS this probably will never happen in Orlando, because Florida is a right-to-work state and unions, although represented at WDW, have very little clout, and membership is voluntary.)

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    I suppose it would depend on the issue, and whether or not I supported the union's position. I am familiar with the concept of an employer atttempting to solve its problems on the backs of its employees .... but I'm also familiar with greedy unions attempting to coerce "the man" ....... so it would depend on the issues.
    "She's taking everything. She's taking the house, she's taking the kid, she's taking the dog. IT'S NOT EVEN HER DOG. IT'S MY DOG! SHE'S TAKING . . . MY DOG!"
    - Ron Livingston, "Band of Brothers"

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    • #3
      Disneyland Employees Strike?

      I remember those days ~ and how passionate the whole issue was. I would hope that everyone has learned by past episodes and should a strike be suggested again...that all parties would try to find a way to meet half way...many times, strikes become so toxic, the initial issue(s) get lost in process.
      ....it all began with a Mouse...

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      • #4
        I'd just like to clarify one thing here. A union is a bunch of people uniting to have a single voice during negotiations. Unions are responsible for raising the wages up to where people can live on them.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Druggas
          I'd just like to clarify one thing here. A union is a bunch of people uniting to have a single voice during negotiations. Unions are responsible for raising the wages up to where people can live on them.
          True. They are also responsible for holding industries hostage (automobile industry, anyone?) and negotiating agreements which leave their members with no retirement (steel industry, anyone?).

          Unions have done great things for their membership. Yet there are times when they cross the line and do things which might give them immediate financial gain but also endanger or destroy their members livelihoods down the road.

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          • #6
            fire them all and hire people that appreciate working



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            For the world to see.
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            And simply let it be.
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