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January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Mike Schneider
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH MIKE SCHNEIDER
(University Press of Florida, $26.95)
Friday, January 12th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Mike Schneider discussing his engaging book: Mickey and the Teamsters: A Fight for Fair Unions at Disney (University Press of Florida, $26.95).
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
A behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Disney’s character performers and their struggles for union democracy
Behind the costumes, life isn’t always magic and fairy dust for the people who play the iconic characters of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Cinderella at Walt Disney World. In a surprising tale of corruption alongside activism, Mickey and the Teamsters reveals the little-known story of Teamsters Local 385, the union that represents these performers. It spotlights Donna-Lynne Dalton, a former cast member who stood up for other Disney performers against deep-rooted problems in the union that was supposed to protect them.
Journalist Mike Schneider, who covered the story as it unfolded, includes exclusive interviews with labor leaders and workers at the park, detailing how the union prevented its members from leaving, severely mismanaged union business, and promoted a culture of hostile leadership. Members of the Teamsters local felt that they no longer had a voice, fearing devastating consequences if they spoke up. But Dalton brought the issues to investigators in an act of whistleblowing that threatened her livelihood. In return, the local union fired Dalton and began harassing her and other union members who opposed its leaders. The story escalates as Schneider describes protests by the Disney performers and the interventions of James Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Mickey and the Teamsters offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the hidden struggles that surround Disney World, which employs the largest single-site workforce in the United States. Through the efforts of Dalton and others to reform their union and improve the lives of employees at the workplace they loved, Schneider shows the importance of individual and collective action to hold unions accountable and preserve their potential to do good.
About the Author:
Mike Schneider has been an Associated Press journalist for three decades. He has lived in Orlando, Florida since 1997, reporting on Walt Disney World and the tourism industry, the trials of Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman, the Pulse nightclub massacre and countless hurricanes and space shuttle launches. The St. Louis native has a background in data mapping and covers demographics and the U.S. Census Bureau for AP. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.