June 13, 1997 |
Hundreds of tradespeople at Disneyland are being required to switch from day or evening shifts to graveyard duty under a new policy at the theme park. Disneyland employs more than 700 painters, electricians, machinists, plumbers, carpenters and other tradespeople, according to union estimates. They are behind-the-scenes workers responsible for repairing and maintaining the park's facilities and attractions--everything from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" to the restrooms.
April 24, 1997 |
Skilled crafts workers at Disneyland approved a one-year labor agreement Wednesday that will boost wages 3% but extract concessions on retirees' health care. Union members approved the contract by a slim margin, revealing a general lack of enthusiasm for the deal. Workers in 12 of the 13 unions in the Disneyland Craft Maintenance Council voted, 271 to 215, in favor of the pact.
October 25, 1995 |
Despite complaints from some workers, Disneyland management Tuesday said that union leaders had taken the "appropriate" action in accepting a contract offer that was twice rejected by a majority of voting members. "We feel it's a fair and equitable contract," said Tom Brocato, a Disneyland spokesman. "We're very pleased by it."
October 24, 1995 |
In an extraordinary move, leaders of five unions representing 3,000 workers at Disneyland decided Monday to accept a contract proposal, even though it was twice rejected by a majority of the voting members. In a flyer to be distributed to members today, the five-union negotiating committee says it will sign Disney's "last, best and final offer because it is a hard-won agreement that Disney refuses to change."
October 24, 1995 |
In an extraordinary move, leaders of five unions representing 3,000 workers at Disneyland decided Monday to accept a contract proposal, even though it was twice rejected by a majority of the voting members. In a flier to be distributed to members today, the five-union negotiating committee says it will sign Disney's "last, best and final offer because it is a hard-won agreement that Disney refuses to change."
October 18, 1995 |
Amid a swirl of confusion, frustration and embarrassment, Disneyland and union officials are expected to return to the table later this week after workers voted down the same contract proposal they rejected last month. On Monday, workers at the Anaheim park voted 742 to 729 against an offer that included a 3% wage increase in each of the next three years.
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October 17, 1995 |
In a surprising vote, Disneyland workers in five unions on Monday narrowly rejected a proposed contract, the same one they turned down a few weeks ago. The three-year master services agreement, which was rejected Monday by a vote of 742 to 729, would have provided a 3% pay increase each year. But under that agreement, union leaders have the authority to accept the contract offer anyway, if at least one third of the membership voted for it.
October 12, 1995 |
Steve Valkenburg looks every bit the Disneyland booster. He has shortcropped mahogany hair, pink cheeks, no facial hair and one of those giddy Mickey Mouse ties. Sipping coffee in an Anaheim restaurant, the cast member of 17 years talks about a park that is not only the happiest place on Earth but the hippest place to work. But he's probably not the kind of advocate that Uncle Walt had in mind when he opened the theme park 30 years ago in a much different era.
October 10, 1995 |
Disneyland workers in five unions are scheduled to vote again Monday on the same contract offer they rejected 10 days ago. After the workers defeated the previous contract proposal in a mail balloting, union officials said they will ask members to show up in person at one local's headquarters in Buena Park, where shop stewards and other leaders will be available to clarify any worker concerns.