Disneyland and union settle long labor dispute
Ending a four-year dispute, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim reached a five-year contract agreement with 2,100 hotel workers.
The dispute had bogged down recently over healthcare cost increases in Disneyland's proposed contracts.
The labor union, Unite Here Local 11, claimed the workers could not afford the increases and organized several protests at the theme park and at Disney's Burbank studios.
"We’re extremely pleased that the Disneyland Resort hotel cast members represented by Unite Here Local 11 have overwhelmingly supported this fair and comprehensive agreement,” Tony Bruno, vice president of Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney, said in a statement.
The new contract, which extends through January 2017, includes wage increases and a decreased workload for housekeepers. It also gives workers a choice to remain in the union healthcare plan, with employee contributions of $7 to $10 per week, or transition to one of Disney's healthcare programs and be eligible for a one-time bonus.
The new contract also provides job security and seniority protection for both full-time and part-time workers.
The contract covers housekeepers, food and beverage workers, front-desk staff and other hourly workers at the Disneyland Hotel, the Grand Californian Hotel and the Paradise Pier Hotel.
-- Hugo Martin
Photo: Unite Here members protesting at Disneyland. Credit: DisZine.com