Anaheim City Council Narrowly Approves Putting Disneyland Minimum Wage Measure on November Ballot

June 19, 2018 - 5:00 pm

(KNX 1070) - After an emotional debate, the city council in Anaheim has narrowly approved putting a measure to raise the minimum wage at Disneyland on the November ballot. Campaigning is already beginning over the initiative, with Todd Ament of the Chamber of Commerce telling KNX it will harm the local economy:

But Andrew Cohen of the Unite union tells KNX the measure only covers big businesses like Disneyland:

The initiative would raise the minimum wage at Disneyland and other big employers to $18 an hour over four years.

At issue is what to do about raising the floor on wages at Disneyland and several other hotel properties. The local union raised enough signatures to put it on the ballot so the council will very likely just let it go to the ballot box rather than enact a higher wage law itself. Mayor Tom Tait tells KNX right now it only affects a few companies.

But siding with Disney,  Ament says the trickle down is there for the entire city.

Union rep Cohen says it's more of the same from the Chamber, and he says a living wage for people who were once the middle class, must be achieved.