Are you someone who hates conflict? Do you avoid controversial subject matter whenever possible? If these statements apply to you, what are you doing on the internet? Anyway, if you want to avoid unnecessary arguments that function as accidental time-sucks, there are a few subjects to skip. Here are the touchiest subjects about Disney trips.
Cast member salaries
I’m going to treat each of these topics as neutrally as possible, as I don’t want to engage in these accidental time-sucks, either. What I plan to do is give each side of the argument fair treatment without offering my personal opinions…except on the first one, which kind of bleeds into the last one.
Recently, Disney has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. They’ve engaged in combative salary negotiations with cast members on both sides of the country. At Disneyland, the two parties engaged in protracted discussions about fair wages for company employees. After a lot of back-and-forth, the sides eventually settled on a minimum salary of $15 per hour that will go into effect in 2019.
Meanwhile, Disney sidestepped impending legislation in California that will lead to $18 per hour wages in the city of Anaheim. They’ve been similarly stubborn with Orlando employees. The company wants financial certainty for the next few years as minimum wage laws become a contentious political issue.
Some Disney fans are upset over this turn of events. They question whether all employees are created equal and thereby deserving of the same base salary. It’s similar to this story, which became a (brief) national sensation a few years ago.
The people concerned about the topic believe that the rising cost of employee salaries will inevitably lead to higher costs at the parks. Others are aware of the shocking homeless stats involving cast members and want the people creating the magic at parks to get paid an acceptable wage.