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Union takes fight to Disney opening in New York

by Madeleine Baran

Oct. 7, 2004 – Union leaders protested Tuesday outside the grand opening of the World of Disney store in New York to call attention to contract negotiations for Disney workers.

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Chanting, "People who work shouldn’t have to be poor," they passed out leaflets urging the store’s customers to contact Disney’s chief negotiator and protest low wages for theme park workers.

"We knew we had to do something to get the company's attention," union official Juleeann Jerkovich told Dow Jones Newswire. "It's time to take this out of Orlando."

Union members rejected Disney’s contract proposal last week. Starting minimum wage for theme park workers would have increased just 30 cents an hour over the next three years. Union officials also say the proposed contract would have eliminated some overtime provisions, increased health insurance and eliminated a pension plan for new hires, offering a matching 401(k) plan instead.

Contract negotiations resume next week.

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Madeleine Baran is a contributing journalist.

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