Two UNITE HERE locals are joining forces for contract negotiations with Walt Disney World in Orlando this week.
The contract affects the breadth of duties performed by the resort’s 20,000 UNITE HERE-represented employees, including housekeepers, custodians, cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, ride operators, and fast food workers, among others.
Almost one thousand members of UNITE HERE Local 362 and Local 737 crowded into an Orlando-area hotel last week for a rally in preparation for the negotiations. Children of UNITE HERE members greeted participants by saying "We are the future of the union."
This is the first time that the two locals will negotiate together. Disney housekeeper and negotiating committee member Maria Carrillo said of the innovation, "What we are doing is sending a message: Doesn’t matter who you are; when you are together, you can make difference."
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Disney Employees Rally Before Union Talks Begin: WFTV Channel 9, Orlando, February 24, 2014
Disney World, Cast Member Unions Enter Contract Talks Monday: News 13, Central Florida, March 3, 2014