Tiki Room birds unionize, demand higher wages |

Tiki Room birds unionize, demand higher wages

Groot joins the Enchanted Tiki Room. Photo by Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr, modified.

If their demands aren’t met, they’ll fly the coop.

WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — “Most little birdies will fly away, but the Tiki Room birds are here every day.”

That’s the opening line in a complaint filed Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board against the Disney Company. In the complaint, the birds “and other performers” in the Enchanted Tiki Room say that they are underpaid, and have threatened to form a union.

The labor dispute is well-timed by the performers, as Disney was expecting a new surge of interest with the coming Guardians of the Galaxy Tiki Room overlay.

Cheep, cheep

Pierre, a spokesbird for the Tiki Room performers, told Uncle Walt’s Insider, “Sure, Disney talks about a $15 minimum wage. But when you add up the hours we actually work, mon ami, we earn much less than that.”

A Disney official speaking off the record (Hi, Bob!) notes that the birds don’t just work in the Tiki Room, they live there. Therefore, they should be credited with the room and board given to them. Failing that, Bob the official says that Disney will lay off some birds and cut the remaining performers’ work hours so that a minimum $15 per hour is earned.

The birds responded to that offer with one word: “Cheap!” (It might have been “cheep.”) Uncle Walt’s will keep you posted.

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Cover photo: Groot joins the Enchanted Tiki Room — if a settlement can be reached! Photo by Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr, modified.