90 Miles From Tyranny : EXCLUSIVE — DISPLACED DISNEY CAST MEMBER: HOW THEY REPLACED ME, OTHER AMERICANS, WITH CHEAP FOREIGNERS ON H1B VISAS

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EXCLUSIVE — DISPLACED DISNEY CAST MEMBER: HOW THEY REPLACED ME, OTHER AMERICANS, WITH CHEAP FOREIGNERS ON H1B VISAS

As a patriotic and proud citizen of the United States, I have a story to share that has not only impacted my family, hundreds of colleagues, but also current and future United States workers.

I used to have a dream career at one of Americas most iconic and admired companies. Twenty years of hard work, technical skill building, the fostering of relationships and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology guided me to a coveted position as an Information Technology Engineer for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

On a sunny Monday morning in late October of 2014 I drove down the interstate toward the huge 40 square mile Disney Orlando, Florida property to my office. Ten days earlier Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, had just announced that the company’s earnings were up well over 20 percent for the quarter and this was just one among a long series of record breaking financial results for the company. About six months earlier, a new CIO, Tilak Mandadi, was appointed for the Parks and Resorts Division of Disney, which would result in huge changes to our lives. Little did I know what was about to happen that very same day to me and hundreds of other fellow Disney Information Technology Cast Members.

Days later, as I drove to work, I ran into a bit of slow traffic and so I was able to glance at my company issued iPhone I noticed an early morning meeting invite from a prominent Disney Executive. This really sparked my interest since it is not very often that I have heard from him and even rarer when I would actually see him in person. Despite the heavy traffic I estimated that I would be on time for the important meeting. As I continued down the road I wondered what the executive meeting could be all about.

About ten minutes later in my commute the phone rang and it was a fellow Disney “Cast Member” as employees were called. We worked together the prior week when we solved a major outage situation for the application that we both helped to support. He reminded me about another meeting that we had later that same day. Since I knew that he was just about the highest level on his team, was well respected and also that he was very well connected within the Disney Parks & Resorts Organization, I asked him if he knew anything about this last minute early morning meeting being hosted by the Disney Executive. He told me that he was not sure about the subject of the meeting. However, he told me that since I had such a great reputation as a problem solver, had just cleared up a major outage situation the week prior and since I recently received the very highest possible performance review by management, that the meeting must be one to recognize my recent contributions to the company with perhaps a promotion or at the very least a bonus.

After arriving at the Orlando office, I walked into the conference room where the early morning meeting was to be held. As I entered about two dozen people were crowded into the room. Some were from same team; others were from different teams. As I glanced around the room I noticed that the people were all very highly regarded as extremely knowledgeable, experienced and top performers in the roles that they held. Some of the attendees also had a Blue Disney name badge instead of the typical white one proudly displayed on the shirts they wore. The Blue badge indicated that they were recognized by a new program known as “Partners in Excellence.” This meant that they had been nominated by numerous people as consistently going above and beyond to assist other Cast Members. I could sense that something was not quite right. There was a chill in the air and yet, oddly enough, I was in a room surrounded by employees of excellence.

As I watched the grim faced Disney Executive, it was obvious that bad news was going to be delivered. The dead silence was broken when the Disney Executive made a harsh announcement. All of you in this room will be losing your jobs in the next 90 days. Your last day of employment for this company will be...
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4 comments:

  1. Hey dude,
    What sacto said for #1.... "Suck It Up Cupcake!!!!" Yer just a very small cog in a very big wheel!! Remember, just like the next time you go Flyin' in "The Friendly Skies," Every part of that Plane was manufactured by "THE LOWEST BIDDER!!!!!!!" You make too much money for them to dish out when they can get someone to do your job "FOR LESS!!!!!!!" Got That!!!!!??
    Got Gunz.....OUTLAW!!!,
    "unless yer an Obummer voter??
    III%,
    skybill-out

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  2. Hey dude,
    What sacto said for #1.... "Suck It Up Cupcake!!!!" Yer just a very small cog in a very big wheel!! Remember, just like the next time you go Flyin' in "The Friendly Skies," Every part of that Plane was manufactured by "THE LOWEST BIDDER!!!!!!!" You make too much money for them to dish out when they can get someone to do your job "FOR LESS!!!!!!!" Got That!!!!!??
    Got Gunz.....OUTLAW!!!,
    "unless yer an Obummer voter??
    III%,
    skybill-out

    ReplyDelete
  3. *grins*

    Oh, no doubts. I just love that Cupcake is finding out elections have consequences and that no one sympathizes with the enemy.

    Got that, Cupcake? Nobody has any sympathy for those who voted by feel and are now feeling it. Nobody.

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