Bernie Sanders says Disney should use 'Avengers: Endgame' earnings to pay employees

Sanders said Monday that it would be 'truly heroic' if Disney used its profits from 'Avengers: Endgame' to pay all of its workers more.

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  • Max Upstate, NY
    May 5, 2019 6:16 a.m.

    If the movie bombed, would Disney employees received a pay cut??? Not a chance. The profits go to those who take the risks. My guess is that a lot of the employees are also stock holders. If so, they are going to get some of the profits.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 3, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    Bernie should be sharing his wealth with the less fortunate.

  • Guns_n_Roses Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    "Ute alumni" - Spot on! You've made me a Ute fan just by your comment

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    May 1, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    Bernie, don't you make 20x's the amount a Disney worker makes? You should give your money to others since you surely don't earn that salary of yours by the work you do. It's insane that you are paid around $200,000 a year to do nothing but complain. At least the CEO of Disney works and takes risks. You risk nothing but you do want everyone else to give up their money but you can't give yours up. I recommend that you stay quiet in the future and retire.

  • GreyWolf ,
    May 1, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    Forced redistribution of income isn't going to make anyone better off. Improving education would seem to be more effective, but it seems that there is resistance to any change other than increased spending when it comes to that.

  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    May 1, 2019 12:00 p.m.

    To "water rocket " so you want Fascism. You want government to control private companies.

    To "Happy Valley Heretic" other than utilities like power, gas, sewer, and water, what businesses does the government sponsor?

    Also, if you don't like businesses that don't pay corporate income taxes, then why do you not write to your congressman to get those laws changed? The corporations are doing the same thing that every other US citizen does, they look at the tax laws and pay as little as they legally can get a way with.

  • water rocket , 00
    May 1, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    If Mr. Bernie Sanders (and the rest of Congress) really were concerned about equality in the work force they would enact al law that would limit the outrageous executive pay packages of publicly traded corporations to a percentage of the average pay of their employees, then I would listen. Executives who make millions per year while their employees make little more that minimum wage is .... well, it is evil. Just look at the CEO of Amazon and Google, who each make more than the entire national budget of many countries. But these are friends of Bernie's, and he would never want to offend them, would he? So instead of offending these executives, he simply proposes a ridiculous one time redistribution of a profitable venture. Politicians are so clueless that is is amazing. By the way, Pro and con are opposites, so the opposite of progress must be congress, right?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 1, 2019 10:14 a.m.

    Very few people know what it is like to work for a great company that pays a very good salary and a production bonus.

    It is a beautiful thing!

    My former company, in the past ten years, three seperate times, was the top paying company in our industry, globally.

    It was an incentive based on footage and safety. Our safety record was nearly impeccable and we were always in a position to hire the very best people.

    There nothing wrong with asking for or receive a bonus for exceptional work. Bernie Sanders only made a statement (just relax trump people), he was only pointing out the ridiculous pay gap.

    If you are satisfied with groveling at the feet of the rich and willing to waste your mind, body, and satisfied with what little they pay you get than so be it.

    Don't mock someone who is asking for better pay to improve peoples lives.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    May 1, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    I think Bernie is a leader in economic thought. I am certain that his staff is paid exactly as much as he is, regardless of job. See how fair that is? Bernie does do that, doesn't he? What? Is his hypocrisy showing here? You would think if he is elected to a high paying job, that those on his staff would share equally the pay involved.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    May 1, 2019 9:31 a.m.

    A wonderful display of what is wrong with traditional government (and some peoples personal) financial planning ---- use a one-shot revenue source to establish ongoing obligations.

    The only successful approaches to Bernie's short-sighted solution has been either employee bonuses, or company stock as part of the employee wage package.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 1, 2019 9:18 a.m.

    Hey Bernie – did the employees invest in the venture?

    Did they put their money at risk making the films?

    Did Disney fail in any way to meet their legal obligations to their employees?

    Are you suggesting the employee give pay back to pay for John Carter or other flops?

    Did YOU share the proceeds of your book sales with your staff and other employees?

    And why did you show less in charitable contributions than you accepted in SS benefits?

    BTW, the movie did not EARN $1.2B in the box office. That is how much it grossed, BEFORE expenses. What it earned is determined after deducting all the costs of making and ongoing distribution.

    MatthewD
    In defense of TJ, VA law required emancipated slaves to leave the state within 1 year. He was really in a tough spot concerning them. One he did free died destitute within a few years.

    LOU
    Generally, minimum wage jobs are not even worth minimum wage and are only paid that because of the law. With

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 1, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    Casey See said: "Bernie and other socialists only want to share in the profits but take no blame or responsibility if there aren't any."

    Yes this is totally unlike the conservative approach here in Utah where they socialize the costs and privatize the profits?

    ...and really do you believe that the employees will continue to be employed if the corporation they work for isn't profitable, nope they are unemployed, therefore they are invested unless you believe that unemployment, and no healthcare or benefits is their goal?

    Stop worshipping the wealthy and corporations, they are not victims, they are not oppressed, they are greedy and being enabled by greedy folks in politics.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 1, 2019 7:15 a.m.

    "You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? "Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it's against the law."

    Chris Rock

    Everything you have in your quality of life is because someone fought for it.

    Trump Supporters need to realize that Trump and Putin is not going to make them rich.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    May 1, 2019 7:13 a.m.

    You go first Bernie!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 1, 2019 7:06 a.m.

    I have my opinion said: "Am I the only one who is getting tired of Bernie ( and other Democratic Socialists) constantly telling corporations (and individuals) how to spend their profits?"

    As long as many of these billion dollar corporations pay no taxes, then no. not going to get tired.

    What happened to responsibility, why don't the wealthy and corporations contribute to our tax base, help pay for the things that make their profit possible? I know, I know, they did it all by themselves without anybody else, they deserve to keep it all?

  • MatthewD Oregon City, OR
    May 1, 2019 7:01 a.m.

    Bernie Sanders on wage redistribution reminds me of Thomas Jefferson and his approach to slavery, without TJ’s brilliant mind of course (or anything near the same kind of problem). He’s also just like all of the politicians and celebrities striking the drum of climate change.

    Like TJ and these climate changing celebrities and politicians, Bernie sees (what he deems) a real problem - wage inequality. TJ loved to lecture about abolishing slavery (which in contrast to these other issues was a truly great evil), and he tried to use the force of government to resolve the problem, but he was unwilling to free all of his slaves. Same thing with all these climate changing advocates in Washington and Hollywood, they want to force the rest of the country to adopt all sorts of restrictions to prevent further damage to the climate but they are unwilling to make the personal changes and sacrifices in their own lifestyles to improve the very problem they are publicly bent on the rest of the country making. For these it has always been “do as I say, not as I do.”

    How much more persuasive could TJ have been had he freed his slaves and led by example.

    The hypocrisy is unreal.

  • Casey See Brentwood, CA
    May 1, 2019 6:46 a.m.

    What Bernie is asking for is that companies share in the wealth. His argument is that the success of the project or company or in this case, the movie, has a lot to do with the workers behind the scenes. Maybe not as much as with screen writers and actors, but definitely with editors, producers, and to a lessor extent, but still very much needed, grips, stagehands, makeup artists, promotions, etc.

    But what about the other side. For nearly every blockbuster movie, there are 10 - 15 movies that either lose money or barely break even. Should the employees have to give up part of their paycheck when the movie goes bust?

    Bernie and other socialists only want to share in the profits but take no blame or responsibility if there aren't any. (Yes, long term if too many projects fail, then the company fails and people get laid off.) Ask Bernie to share his wealth. Sell off at least two vacation homes and give all of the money to those less fortunate. Donate 50% of his take home pay. If he did this, I would at least respect him because he is putting his money where his mouth is, but he won't do that.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 1, 2019 3:52 a.m.

    Corporations have at least two sets of people that depend on them for money. The employees and the stock holders.

    There is nothing wrong with not paying every last cent to the employees, so that the stock holders can get their portion. In fact to do this would be wrong.

    Both sets of people deserve their due. They both contributed to the corporation making its money. So they both deserve their due back from the corporation. This is something Bernie Sanders doesn't seem to understand.

  • Crusader Layton, UT
    May 1, 2019 12:59 a.m.

    So if Disney produces a movie that loses money do the employees have to give some of their pay back?

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    May 1, 2019 12:41 a.m.

    Bernie is a millionaire whose tax returns show that he contributes very little to charitys of any kind. When asked why he didnt pay 50-65% of his money as a tax like he wants all millionaires to do, his defenders say it is silly to expect him to do it on his own. Maybe so because just giving money to the government doesnt allow you to control how that money is used.

    However, why doesnt Bernie give to charitys that will provide the services that he wants for everyone (medical, education, open borders etc). If he did, he would even get a tax deduction for it.

    This basically proves again that Democrats personal commitment rarely match their rhetoric .

  • David Centerville, UT
    April 30, 2019 11:18 p.m.

    I have an opinion--

    I completely agree with you. Bernie is getting old. And I am put off by how he is constantly telling everyone how they should live their lives, and how corporations should be run...as if he knows anything about running a corporation.

    Bernie Sanders has lived off the taxpayer for decades. He has never ran a business. He knows nothing of the regular "Joe." He is a millionaire with a lake cabin, more than one home, congressional perks that leave him with excellent healthcare plus retirement. We already know his tendency to think of others--giving only a very small amount of his fortune to charity.

    Bernie Sanders--A poor leader. A poor example.

  • I have my opinion Kaysville, UT
    April 30, 2019 10:32 p.m.

    Am I the only one who is getting tired of Bernie ( and other Democratic Socialists) constantly telling corporations (and individuals) how to spend their profits? He is responsible for fostering so much class division. The irony is he is a millionaire and only personally donated 2.26% to charity in 2018. Apparently it’s easier to be generous with other people’s money.