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February 2, 2011
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Video, mailed to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members, is second in workers' "No Toy Story 3" campaign
LOS ANGELES – Disney hotel workers pleading with Academy members to "vote their conscience" this awards season, released a new video Wednesday offering a sobering glimpse at a day-in-the-life of a Disneyland dishwasher.
The video features Blandina Rios, a 10-year dishwasher in Goofy’s Kitchen and a single mother of a child with Down’s syndrome. After taxes, Rios earns about $350 in wages per week. She relies on the Disney health benefit for her daughter’s medical care, and explains in the video she wouldn’t be able to afford healthcare under Disney’s proposed plan.
Visit www.NoToyStory3.org to watch the video, "Blandina: For Your Consideration"
"If I had to pay for it, I wouldn’t get healthcare," said Rios. "It’s really difficult. I need healthcare in case of an emergency, an accident or an operation, but if I paid for it, I wouldn’t be able to eat."
About 2,100 Disneyland Resort hotel workers have been struggling to hold on their family healthcare benefits for the past three years. After years of accepting lower wages in order to keep their children’s healthcare, Disney now is demanding these low-wage workers shoulder the cost, reaching $500 a month by 2014.
The workers launched NoToyStory3.org in December asking Academy members to recognize Disney’s hypocrisy, and not to vote for Toy Story 3 for Best Picture. While the media giant asks for praise for Toy Story 3, a sweet, moral film telling us to value each other and what we have, the company is devaluing the workers who make it so profitable.
"After working for Disney for 10 years, they gave me a placard, and they gave me a pin," Rios explains in video. "They took two pictures. I have two pictures with Mickey."