Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unloaded on the Disney Corporation this week; blasting the iconic brand for “dodging” a living wage for nearly 30,000 employees.
According to the Guardian, the Democratic socialist slammed the ‘House of Mouse’ Thursday after Disney executives walked away from massive tax breaks and government subsidies for its southern California theme parks; funds that would have required the company to pay $18 an hour to all employees by 2022.
“Disney is so nervous that the living wage ballot initiative in Anaheim is going to pass,” said Sanders, “it would rather end some of the corporate welfare it receives from local taxpayers than pay all 30,000 of its workers decent wages.”
Disney released an official statement regarding the government funds hours later; saying the policies have “become divisive.”
“Cities around the nation have implemented similar incentive policies with great success. However, unfortunately in Anaheim these policies have become divisive, leading to an unstable business climate and a difficult working relationship with the city.”
Read the full report here.
BIG BAD BERNIE: Sanders Targets DISNEY Over ‘Hungry Workers’
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders set his sights on the Disney Corporation this week, slamming the media giant for having “hungry workers” while making billions of dollars through its animation and entertainment empire.
Sanders was speaking at a rally in southern California Saturday when he unloaded on one of the nation’s largest companies, saying he’d like to hear the “moral defense” for paying their executives large bonuses while ignoring the needs of “hungry workers.”
"We need to SHAME @Disney. I want to hear their moral justification that while making billions of dollars they have workers going hungry" @BernieSanders #stopdisneypoverty #PoorPeoplesCampaign pic.twitter.com/BFAvzZFo1n
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) June 2, 2018
“I want to hear the moral defense of a company that makes $9 billion in profits, $400 million for their CEOs and have a 30-year worker going hungry,” said Sanders.
Watch the Senator’s comments above.
BORDER CHAOS: 500 Pounds of Mexican METH Discovered in 'DISNEY' Figurines
The Drug Enforcement Agency discovered over $2 million worth of smuggled Mexican methamphetamines hidden inside Disney character figurines Wednesday; calling the haul the biggest “meth bust” in the Atlanta region.
According to DEA officials, the drugs were hidden inside over 500 figurines meant to look like beloved Disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
“DEA Atlanta Division Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy says the meth originated in Mexico and was destined for Atlanta,” writes a local CBS affiliate. “He says another load containing legitimate ceramic figurines was intercepted and is believed to have been intended as a decoy.”
The discovery comes as President Trump pledges to crackdown on human trafficking and drug smuggling at the United States’ southern border; vowing last week to deploy the National Guard to help secure the region.