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Unions to Disney: Provide Free Medicine, Stop Raising Co-Pays

by Madeleine Baran

Mar. 10, 2005 – Six unions representing about 22,000 Walt Disney World workers asked the company to help reduce health care costs by creating a pharmacy on Disney property to dispense generic drugs for free to full time, unionized Disney employees. The unions also asked the company to freeze the cost of all co-payments on medical, dental and vision coverage.

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Unions introduced the pharmacy proposal during contract negotiations last summer, but Disney rejected the idea. Now, union representatives argue that Disney should still be interested in the program, partly because they claim it could save the company $1.04 million a year, and save workers more than $700,000.

Unions represent about 40 percent of Walt Disney World employees. Nearly 30 percent of Disney World's workers are part time, and remain ineligible for any health-care insurance.

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Madeleine Baran is a contributing journalist.

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