ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Southern California Saturday, demanding Disneyland raise its wages.
The former presidential candidate attended a rally with thousands of workers in Anaheim before he made an appearance at the Consumer Watchdog Rage for Justice Awards and Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif.READ MORE: El Capitan State Beach In Santa Barbara County To Close For At Least A Year On Sept. 1
The rally followed a widely publicized Occidental College study that revealed that a majority of Disneyland workers struggle to pay for the basics like food, housing and health care.READ MORE: COVID Vaccines Now Available To All Californians Age 16 And Over
“You talk about being a family oriented company, but we’ve got families struggling,” said Sanders.
Suzi Brown, the Disneyland Communications VP, released a statement saying in part:MORE NEWS: 'You Just Took Off': Family Of 74-Year-Old John Draper Urges Driver To Surrender After Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash
“We currently are negotiating one of the largest union contracts at Disneyland Resort, with an offer that increases starting wages 36 percent over three years, paying $15 an hour by 2020 – two years ahead of California’s minimum wage.”