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  • I would describe Disney as magical and fun and fantasy.

  • My name is Glynndana Shevlin.

  • And I'm 58 years old.

  • I've been there almost 30 years,

  • which will be a big anniversary for me.

  • Is it fun?

  • Is it a great job?

  • Yes.

  • But biggest misconception is that we're paid well.

  • I'm not alone.

  • Some of us are food insecure.

  • I usually wait and eat my lunch around 3:30.

  • And that's my first meal of the day.

  • One out of 10 of us are homeless of some sort

  • in the last two years.

  • Some of us are sleeping in our cars.

  • I've done that a couple of times.

  • I would describe Disneyland as the happiest place

  • on earth.

  • And it's definitely one of the best jobs I've ever had.

  • It's just a shame that no one can survive on it.

  • I never thought, especially being

  • a licensed cosmetologist, that I would ever

  • be having to sleep in my car, especially not

  • for a company like Disney.

  • And I'm not excited for when my clients see this and see

  • that I've been homeless, you know?

  • Because it doesn't say anything about my skill

  • level at all.

  • Chairman and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney

  • Company, Bob Iger.

  • Thank you.

  • I never quite envisioned it would

  • be this grand or this great.

  • If a corporation like Disney has enough money

  • to pay its CEO over $400 million

  • in a four-year period, it damn well

  • has enough money to pay its workers.

  • [applause and cheering]

  • [drumming]

  • I just don't understand how people survive off the money

  • that Disneyland pays them.

  • Disney can do better by taking care of us.

  • [speaking spanish]

  • We have so much support in the community.

  • These are just issues that need to be resolved.

  • We work tirelessly.

  • On November 6th, vote for a living wage.

  • Enough is enough.

  • [waves crashing gently]

  • Me in 1988 was able to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

  • It is now 2018.

  • And I'm sleeping in a condo with five other people.

  • When they find out that I work at Disney

  • as a hairstylist doing these wigs,

  • they assume I'm getting paid at least 30 an hour.

  • But we absolutely do not.

  • To Bob Iger, just

  • we love our jobs.

  • Just pay us right, you know?

  • We just want to survive.

  • [waves crashing gently]

I would describe Disney as magical and fun and fantasy.

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    Celeste posted on 2019/07/24
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