Good lord!! 18 hours! That is outrageous. ODV always gets extended during summer hours. I would never plan anything after my normal work day. Once i worked until 5am and had to be back in the park at 3:00pm the next/same day. Yikes, and this is driving from Santa Monica and back. They should have given me a room at the Grand Ca. Now that's an idea that will never fly..
I'd bet you weren't complaining when you received your paycheck, except about the tax man. Let's see, straight time for the first 8, time and a half for the next 4 and double time for everything over 12. Sounds like a nice chunk of change to me!
Some day, a Cast Member is going to fall asleep while driving on their way home after one - or more - of these abusive shifts - and it will come out in the news reports - and Disney will get sued as a contributing cause by some enterprising lawyer (just like they sue bars who don't cut people of from drinking when intoxicated).
And Disney will develop a reputation as one of the most Exhausting Place's on Earth.
They, and the Cast Members, and the possible innocent bystanders have been extraordinarily lucky so far.
Are they letting you know at least 2hrs in advance? If not, they can't extend you (and you have the option of saying no if less than 2hrs before your original shift is over)
That's not true. If management knew ahead of time that they would be extending you, then the policy is that they give you at least two hours notice that your shift has been extended as a profesional courtesy. But if 5 people all call in sick 90 minutes before your short shift is to end, then they can extend you with little to no warning. I've always had several hours notice if my short shift was being extended; often times I'm told of the extension the minute I arrive and log into CDS.
And the most important thing to remember is that ALL SHORT SHIFTS MAY BE EXTENDED. A "short shift" is anything less than 8 hours with an unpaid 30 minute lunch. Your GEMS Preferences and seniority don't weigh into that, because they are simply "preferences" that may or may not be honored. And if you don't have the seniority to be pulling 8 hour shifts to begin with, then you don't need to worry about your low seniority anyway.