Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Letter to Disney: There's Nothing Magical about Losing a Day's Pay

Your organization can send this to Disney President Robert Iger:


Robert A. Iger
President and CEO
Walt Disney Company
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

RE: SB 726, HB 655, SB 1216/HB 1125

Dear Robert Iger,

There is absolutely nothing magical about getting fired or losing a day’s pay because you got sick. So, it’s no surprise that momentum for earned sick time is growing. In just the last few months, City Councils in Portland, Oregon, and Philadelphia have passed earned sick time bills and New York City is poised to do the same. Families, the backbone of your business, understand how important access to earned sick time is and that’s why residents around the state want Walt Disney to stop putting profits over people and stop working to block earned sick time initiatives in Florida!

Further, we know how important basic workers’ rights and benefits are to mothers, fathers, and the families that they love and support and we urge you to reject legislative efforts to strip away local control from communities that have enacted or wish to enact local Living Wage, Earned Sick Time, Equal Benefits, anti-Wage Theft or other ordinances.

A recent poll of Florida voters showed that 80% of voters support laws that would ensure workers have a right to earn sick time to care for themselves or a family member, 60% support local governments’ rights to enact their own laws, 72% support laws that require businesses with public contracts to pay their workers living wages, and 83% feel that the Florida Legislature's attempt to deny local governments and citizens the right to vote on local laws is part of a larger effort to take away access to voting and deprive citizens of their right to vote.

We want Walt Disney to stop putting profits over people and stop working with legislators to block earned sick time initiatives in Florida. We want Walt Disney to urge legislators to vote no on bills that will harm families by lessening wages and removing local protections against wage theft. We want Walt Disney to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.



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