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  • Disney employees vote against unionization - Orlando Sentinel 06/10/05

    Article from Orlando Sentinel - June 10, 2005
    Disney employees vote against unionization

    Reservation sales agents and secretaries at Walt Disney World have voted down an effort to unionize, Disney officials said today.

    It was the second time in three years the employees have rejected a measure to join the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Union. The latest vote was 70 percent against, 30 percent in favor, Disney officials said. In June 2002, 79 percent voted against the union.

    Of the 3,400 full-time employees who were eligible to vote this time, 89 percent participated. The employees work at Disney World and at Disney's Reservation Center in Tampa.
    Steve Eisenhardt, vice president of Labor Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement that although the company has a long history of working collaboratively with unions at Disney World, the vote results are good news for the employees and the company.

    "With their convincing vote, these cast members have validated that a direct relationship with their leaders is more beneficial than involving an outside party," Eisenhardt said.

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