Bernie Sanders to Disney Use Avengers Profits to Pay Workers More

first_img A day after Disney’s superhero blockbuster Avengers: Endgame took home a record-breaking $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office, Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to criticize Disney CEO Bob Iger’s salary and urge the company to use the profits to pay workers more.“What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, tweeted on Monday.What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes. https://t.co/NrcFSk4LZc— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 29, 2019In the U.S. alone, the latest installment of the Marvel Studios franchise, brought in a record $350 million, according to a Disney press release.This is not the first time that Sanders, known as a staunch proponent of workers’ rights, has referenced the entertainment empire regarding fair pay. In August, Sanders tweeted praise for Disney World employees and unions for successfully securing a $15 minimum wage for its workers.Congratulations to the courageous workers and their unions at Disney World for their historic victory. I applaud everyone who stood up to demand that workers at one of the wealthiest corporations in the world should have a decent standard of living. https://t.co/pdEzhBUPQU— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 27, 2018Abigail Disney, a granddaughter of company co-founder Roy Disney, also recently criticized Iger’s monumental salary, calling Iger’s pay “insane” while speaking on a panel about “humane capitalism” at a Fast Company conference earlier this month.“I like Bob Iger. Let me be very clear: I think he’s a good man. But I think he’s allowing himself to go down a road that is the road everyone is going down,” she said. “When he got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15 percent raise to everyone who worked at Disneyland, and still walked away with $10 million. So there’s a point at which there’s just too much going around the top of the system into this class of people who — I’m sorry this is radical — have too much money. There is such a thing.”Globally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have grossed a collective $19.9 billion to date, with the four Avengers films — The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame — accounting for nearly $6.2 billion.More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records‘Avengers: Endgame’ Comes to ‘Fortnite’‘Avengers: Endgame’ Cast Spoofs ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ on Fallon Stay on target Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ last_img