The Labor Dispute at Walt Disney World

The Labor Dispute at Walt Disney World

Why the minimum wage is a problem
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Within the past two weeks my Facebook went wild sharing a post about how the Service Trades Council Union was reopening talks to increase the wages for those who worked at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This was of course met with huge support from those on my Facebook who work or have worked for the company. But then even though I always say I won’t look at the comments, I did. There were comments in support and comments that frankly made me angry. These people said that if the Cast Members (CM’s) wanted to be paid better that they needed to get better jobs.

Now let me point out the problem with that logic, the same people who are saying these things will be the first ones at the park for rope drop on their vacation. The idea that someone who works in a job like some of the roles CM’s work in should be poor and should need to live in poverty while simultaneously saying that people need to work these jobs for those rates are wrong. This is saying that no matter what someone needs to live in poverty.

The minimum wage was originally created to create a minimum standard of living for employees and to protect them. While Disney doesn’t have any roles that begin at the minimum wage in Florida ($8.10 an hour for hourly non-tipped employees) and does in fact start the rate at $10 an hour for the non-tipped roles it creates an interesting quandary. If people are making more than minimum wage why are they in poverty?

People are in poverty for a variety of different reasons including being born into it. And that is a problem. When people go hungry because they needed to make sure they could pay rent we have a problem. When people need to rely on assistance to make sure that they survive this shows that the system is broken. Working full-time you should be able to support at least yourself without needing to get a second or third job.

The conversation that’s being started in Lake Buena Vista needs to start in every city and town in this country. We need to be discussing how we can remove our population from poverty. When you work for one of the richest companies in the country and you can’t afford to support yourself we need to look at these business practices. In one of the richest countries in the world there is no reason someone should be wondering how to afford basic necessities.

The truth is a lot of people won’t like this topic being brought up and I’ll be accused of being an idealist because of my opinion (I identify as a realest) this is a conversation that needs to happen. We need to come together and talk about this and we need to speak to our representatives not just in unions but in our states and in our federal government. This is a conversation that’s started a few times and kind of dropped off. Let’s make this country one that we can all be proud of. Not just the rich.

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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