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Protests began in front of the Anaheim Convention Center and Paradise Pier Hotel in the Disneyland Resort then moved along Harbor Boulevard. ...
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AVP
07-12-2010, 08:25 PM
Portions of Harbor Blvd. were closed tonight due to this protest, the second demonstration UNITE Here Local 11 has staged this week in their ongoing contract dispute with Disney. Union spokesperson Leigh Shelton told me that about 1000 people participated in the rally; a Disney spokesperson put the number at about 450.

Disney issued a statement today that read, "It is unfortunate that Local 11 continues to focus its energy on protesting rather ensuring its members have the security of a contract. In the two and a half years that Local 11 members have been working without a contract, the company has negotiated nine collective bargaining agreements that include yearly pay raises and affordable health care with 27 local unions, representing more than 11,500 cast members, demonstrating our success in building relationships with union leaders and working with them for the betterment of our cast."

The press release issued by Local 11 included the statement, "Demonstrators will urge companies like Aramark, which staffs Angel Stadium and the Convention Center, to agree to fair contracts with affordable benefits and avoid a messy labor dispute like the one that has plagued Disney for more than two years." This gives some insight into the motivation for this renewed schedule of demonstrations against Disney, which started with a one-day "strike" by some hotel workers yesterday.

About 2000 employees of Aramark, which runs food service concessions at Anaheim Stadium, the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center, are either also working without a contract (as are the Disney workers represented by the same union), or have contracts which expire this month. I've previously written about the financial situation facing Local 11 if Disney succeeds in pulling their workers out of the union-administered health care plan, and they most certainly can not afford to lose another 2000 people if Aramark follows suit. If Aramark is waiting for Disney to settle their contract with Local 11 before they try to negotiate their own three contracts, Local 11 is under even more pressure. Local 11 is already "on the outs" with Disney, so it's easier to target Disney with these demonstrations, but to do so in a time and place (in front of the Anaheim Convention Center, during the MLB All Star Fan Fest) where Aramark can't help but see what type of action the union could focus on them if they choose.

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