Disney Turns Moms Away at Magic Kingdom, Rejects Plea to Stop Blocking Earned Sick Days
April 26, 2013
MomsRising.org, an organization of more than 1 million mothers in the United States is urging their members to contact Walt Disney World in Orlando asking them to stop working to block earned sick time initiatives in Florida. In less than 24 hours alone, more than 6,000 people signed the letter to Disney urging the company to support healthy workers and local control, and signatures are still coming in.
Representatives for MomsRising.org attempted to deliver the letter, signed by more than 6,000 people demanding Disney stop working to block earned sick time initiatives in Florida to the Disney Team Resources building yesterday. A spokesperson for Walt Disney World informed the moms that they would not be allowed to deliver their letter and asked that they leave the premises.
The Orlando Sentinel reported this week that Disney had joined with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Darden Restaurants – the corporate parent of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains -- to craft bills being voted on in Tallahassee that would block adoption of local wage and benefit measures, including earned sick time. The Florida Legislature is expected to vote on these bills in April.
“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,” said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising.org. “Parents understand how important access to earned sick time is and that’s why we want Disney to stop working to block earned sick time initiatives in Florida.”