Disney Workers to Rally Today

8 Dec

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

The Service Trades Council Union, a coalition of six labor organizations at Disney World, plans to rally at noon today outside the Disney Crossroads gate. The union will protest Disney’s decisions to give custodial, valet, bellhop, baggage handler, rigger and video tech jobs to private contractors.

Some of these workers staff the WDW Magical Express, which transports guests to and from the Orlando Airport. So, the first “Disney” person you interact with may no longer be a Disney employee. Will this have impact on your experience as a Guest? I’m betting it will. Also, some jobs are in fact being eliminated:

The Transportation and Communications Union estimates that 219 jobs will be lost.

This is in contrast to the previous, recent outsourcings, in which Disney has repeatedly insisted that nobody has been laid off, and that affected workers are offered jobs with comparable benefits and wages through the outsourcer.

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