In their bitter fight to bring down the Mouse, Disneyland Resort hotel workers have gotten a new loud-mouthed champion: Roseanne Barr.
The comedian/national-anthem-destroyer stars in a video produced by labor union UNITE HERE Local 11 that accuses Disney of "stealing from widows and orphans," and urges Academy Award members to not vote for Toy Story 3 as Best Picture of the Year (though it's probably a little late for that--the Oscars are on Sunday).
Disney employees filed a class-action lawsuit against the company claiming that employee identification cards expose them to identity-theft risk. A Disney official had yet to comment about the federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, as of 11:30 a.m.
The Walt Disney Co. issues ID cards that are encoded with Social Security numbers, which violates California law, according to the lawsuit. The codes can be read by most cellular phones, including the Apple iPhone and Android devices, according to employees.
Brown University in Providence, R.I., will stop investing new endowment funds in HEI Hotels Inc. amid questions about labor practices at two of the Norwalk-based company's properties.
The decision, which doesn't affect current investments, heeds a recommendation by Brown's committee on investment ethics following concerns raised by a student group after the company fired an employee who was also a union leader.
"Brown's Student Labor Alliance appreciates the university's decision and hopes HEI will start respecting workers' rights," said Haley Kossek, a member of Student Labor Alliance. "We also appreciate the school's leadership and hope that other schools that invest in HEI will follow Brown's example."
Disneyland Resort officials are breaking a negotiations stalemate with their hotel union by offering a new proposal three years after the contract expired.
Disney and the 2,100-member union, Unite Here Local 11, have engaged in a fierce battle marred by dozens of union protests, a one-day strike, walkouts and a week-long hunger strike. This is Disney’s first new proposal in more than a year and a half. The last contract expired Jan. 31, 2008.
LOS ANGELES – Workers from the Wilshire Hotel are on strike today, after hotel owner Leo Lee slashed workers’ wages and benefits.
For example, Lee cut wages of workers earning about $10 an hour to the state’s minimum wage of $8 an hour, while others earning about $13.70 were cut to about $10 an hour. He also drastically cut workers’ healthcare benefits.
At the Wilshire Hotel, formerly the Wilshire Plaza, workers have been working under an expired contract since 2006. They have not received a wage raise in more than four years.