As I've said before, Pixar isn't really a union-friendly type place.
Adopting the robot janitor character from the Disney/Pixar movie "WALL-E" as their poster child, a group of janitors laid off from Pixar Animation Studios protested today outside Pixar's Emeryville headquarters.
Nine out of a staff of 21 janitors were laid off in January when Pixar entered into contract with a new janitorial firm, Preferred Building Services Inc., which has offices in San Francisco.
"As soon as they switched, they laid off the workers, took away health care benefits for the remaining ones and left them making $9.25 an hour," said Sylvia Ruiz, political director for Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West ...
My understanding is that Pixar dropped a union janitorial service for a cheaper, non-union outfit. If true, the janitors aren't technically Pixar employees. Even so:
"I was working at Disney's in 1960, working on Pollyanna and some other shows, when a publicist that had been brought in to develop campaigns for The Parent Trap, and new to the studio, walked out of the commissary one lunchtime and started yelling at a gardener who was kneeling down planting flowers. The gardener was blocking the publicist's path, and the publicist wasn't happy."
So an hour later, the guy gets a call to come up to Walt's office right away. He's ushered in, and Disney is there and he chews him out: "I've gotten a report you yelled at one of my gardeners. The man's been working here for twenty years. I don't want to hear about you yelling at him again, or you won't be working here ..."
The above was told me by a grizzled old publicist several years ago, and the gent was still amazed that Disney knew about the gardener abuse and took the time to do something about it.
Different times, different values, and different management.
Add On: But since were on the general subject of belt-tightening, the Nikkster opines: "Where is Bob Iger's 26% pay cut?"