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Saturday, Dec 4, 2010, 11:08 am

Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Exploitation

BY Jeremy Gantz

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Some workers at Walt Disney World in Florida, members of the Services Trade Council union, are currently negotiating for a new contract that includes a living wage. In this new video (parts 1 and 2 below), workers detail the way they live now—including reliance on church handouts and state assistance, in some cases.

"If you don't give back, eventually you deplete your source," says one worker in the video. "Disney's source is its people."

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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