For Press Inquiries

Leigh Shelton
Communications
Office: 213.481.8530 ext. 253
Mobile: 323.533.3864
lshelton@unitehere11.org

Get Updates
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    Archive
    Get Connected

    facebook twitter: DisneyIsUnfaith
    digg
    « OC Register: Disney Hotel Workers Stage First Walkout | Main | LA Times: Disney, union workers clash over healthcare »
    Friday
    13Nov2009

    LA Times: For many ill with the flu, staying home isn't an option

    By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

    Workers without paid sick leave are often penalized for absences. Congress plans to consider legislation next week that would guarantee workers paid sick time.

    Glynndana Shevlin awoke Oct. 30 with a runny nose and scratchy throat, worried she might have the flu. But the full-time food and beverage concierge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim has no paid sick days, and if her absences stack up, she faces discipline.

    So like many others in the service industry, Shevlin, 49, weighed her options and reported to work sick.

    "I thought I could make it," said Shevlin, who has worked at the hotel for 21 years. 

    Four hours into her shift -- and after several trips to the bathroom to retch -- Shevlin asked to leave early. She lost wages and was docked disciplinary points. 

    "I felt like I was being punished for doing the right thing," she said.

    Read more