Reprinted from Common Dreams by Jon Queally on June 2, 2018.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) hosted a forum with labor groups and employees of the Disney corporation in California on Saturday and castigated one of the wealthiest and most powerful media companies in the world for showering its executives and investors with millions of dollars while lower-level workers continue with “poverty wages” that make it nearly impossible to make ends meet.
“We are talking about a company that has received huge tax breaks from the tax payers here in Anaheim, but in addition to that, received over $1 billion in tax breaks from Trump’s tax giveaway to the wealthy,” Sanders told the crowd Saturday morning at the event that took place near the company’s iconic Disneyland theme park. “The time is now to have an economy that works for everyone, not just a handful of billionaires.”
As local KLEW news channel notes, Disney is enjoying “a tax break of about $267 million over 20 years to build a luxury hotel at Disneyland where 85 percent of employees currently receive an hourly wage of less than $15. …