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Prominent Politician Calls Out “Lousy” CEO Bob Chapek’s $20 Million Payout

Bob Iger Disney World
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It’s no secret that some of the hardest-working people at Disney are the Cast Members who work at the theme parks. Every day, those Cast Members give it their all to make sure everyone has a magical vacation. While most Guests appreciate the Cast Members, there are always angry and entitled Guests who treat those same Cast Members poorly. A lot of people might also agree that Cast Members do not get paid enough to deal with everything they have to on a daily basis.

Splash Mountain

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Recently, The Walt Disney Company and a union representing Cast Members who work at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida have been struggling to come to an agreement on acceptable wages. The union represents approximately 45,000 Cast Members. Disney has stated it will raise all Cast Members’ wages to $15 per hour, and those wages will increase by $1 per year, until everyone is paid at least $20 per hour. The union, on the other hand, wants Disney to have wages starting at $18 per hour.

Cast Member Strike

Credit: Local Orlando Union

Disney has seen its profits soar recently, so the company is being called out on its refusal to raise wages for the people who need it the most. Meanwhile, executives at the company are making millions of dollars per year. One of the people calling Disney out is Bernie Sanders — a Senator from Vermont who is known for fighting against corporate greed.

Bernie Sanders

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On February 21, Sanders tweeted:

If Disney can afford to give a $20 million golden parachute last year to a CEO who did a lousy job, it can afford to pay Disney World Cast Members who are struggling to pay the rent & groceries a minimum wage of at least $18/hour. I say to Disney: Pay your workers a living wage.

While his tweet does not name names, it is clear that Sanders is referring to now-fired CEO, Bob Chapek. In Chapek’s less-than-three-years as Disney CEO, the company saw its stock tank, prices at the Parks skyrocket, and Guest satisfaction fall to an all-time low, all while Chapek collected millions of dollars and purchased a multi-million dollar mansion. Chapek was ousted in November 2022 and former CEO Bob Iger was brought back in to take his place.

Bob Chapek Firing

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After he was fired, it was revealed that Disney had paid Chapek an additional $20 million as part of his severance. That angered a lot of Cast Members — they were (and still are) struggling to pay their bills while someone who tanked the company walked away with millions.

Negotiations between the Cast Member union and Disney are still ongoing. Union members rejected Disney’s latest offer, claiming that Disney refused to negotiate a pay increase. Disney said that they offered the Cast Members a fair deal. While all of this is going on, Disney’s biggest competitor, Universal, has announced that all Team Members will soon have a starting pay of $17 per hour.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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