Business and Tourism

Deceptive Union Campaign Garners 51.9% for $18 Minimum Wage Initiative

Backed by more than $1 million in Resort union funding and a deceptive campaign message, union-sponsored Measure L squeaked to a win with 51.9% of the vote. If Measure L survives virtually certain litigation, it would mandate that certain Anaheim Resort businesses raises their minimum hourly wage to $15 in January 2019, escalating each year to $18 in January 2020. ...

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Medrano: Vote “No” On Measure L – It Helps a Few, Hurts A Lot

I’m an Anaheim resident. I’m a proud trade unionist and representative for union members across Orange County. I support working people negotiating to get a better wage. So, you’d think I would support Measure L in Anaheim. But I don’t. The truth is that Measure L would help very few of my Anaheim neighbors get a raise, and would hurt ...

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Lansner: Why Would Anaheim Walk Away From A $100 Million Tax Revenue Windfall?

OC Register real estate columnist Jonathan Lansner penned this column last week. Lansner’s trenchant common sense cuts through the council majority’s bunkum and blindness like a hot knife through butter: What city would walk away from a $100 million business windfall? By Jonathan Lansner Anaheim has essentially rejected a no-money-down, debt-free deal that would have put $100 million in city ...

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UNITE-HERE Ratifies $15 Minimum Wage Pact; Disneyland Rolling Out Affordable Health Care Options

This weekend, UNITE-HERE Local 11 members voted to ratify a five year agreement with the Disneyland Resort that will increase their starting wage to $15 beginning January of 2019 – three years prior to state law mandating such an increase. The agreement provides a 40% minimum wage increase over two years, and housekeepers will have their minimum wage rise to ...

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Disney, UNITE-HERE Local 11 Reach Agreement On Minimum Wage Hikes As High As $15.85

The Disneyland Resort and UNITE-HERE Local 11 – the militant union that represents primarily hotel workers – have reached tentative agreement on a contract that will boost the minimum wage for nearly all Local 11 members to at least $15 an hour, with housekeepers getting an immediate bump to $15.85.  Employees would also receive the $1,000 bonus payment provided as ...

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No Cost Education Program Launches for Hourly Disneyland Cast Members

Disney Aspire, a new education program designed to make it easier for hourly cast members to pursue higher education or vocational training, opened enrollment last week. One of the most comprehensive education programs of its kind, the $50 million initiative, with up to $25 million in annual funding going forward, includes a full range of programs and certificates that do ...

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OC Register Columnist: Disney Had No Choice But Halt 4-Diamond Hotel Project

Jonathan Lansner, the OC Register’s veteran real estate columnist, wrote today that Disney had no choice but to pull back plans for Anaheim luxury hotel. Some key excerpts from the column, which Register subscribers can access here: Disneyland’s luxury hotel in Anaheim wasn’t a financial no-brainer to start with. So a last-minute pullback of a controversial city tax break would, at ...

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