After the visit, she said she was “so livid” that the company didn’t respect its workers enough.
The Disney heiress, who is also a filmmaker and activist, said Disney CEO Bob Iger needs to fix the huge wage gap between his pay and that of an average worker at the company.
“Bob needs to understand that he is an employee just the same as the people scrubbing gum off the sidewalk are employees, and they’re entitled to the same dignity and human rights that he is,” Abigail Disney said.
She said she emailed Iger about her concerns recently but received no response.
“You’re a great CEO by any measure, perhaps even the greatest CEO in the country right now,” she wrote Iger. “You know, your legacy is that you’re a great manager. And if I were you, I would want something better than that. I would want to be known as the guy who led to a better place, because that is what you have the power to do.”
“Disney is at the forefront of providing workforce education, which is widely recognized as the best way to create economic opportunity for employees and empower upward mobility,” the company said. “American workers need meaningful change; they deserve smart policies and practical programs, like Disney Aspire, that empower them to achieve their goals and ensure they are part of the most competitive workforce in the world.”
“We need to change the way we understand and practice capitalism.” She told members of a House committee that companies should deliver returns to shareholders “without trampling on the dignity and rights of their employees.”