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Disneyland Arrests Magical Serfs

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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FAIRIES WEAR HOG-TIES At the Magic Kingdom (Photo: AP) Disneyland, just like every other company on earth, is trying to grow their class of part-time employees—you know, the ones that don't receive benefits and who the company can lay off whenever things seem tight. Service workers in their hotels, 2,300 of them, have been without a contract since February; they are paid less than other workers in the area and the company expects new full-time employees to pay for part of their health care, and to work more hours before they qualify for it at all. (They have two classes of workers—hotel workers have historically agreed to make less, because their health care has been fully-paid, and other workers pay part of their health insurance.) So workers had a protest, and 32 Snow Whites and winged fairies were HAULED OFF to the pokey. And then the witch who works for Disneyland told the AP that "workers have protested 14 times but sat down to negotiate only 11 times in the past six months." ELEVEN TIMES IN SIX MONTHS they have sat down with their bosses to hammer out a contract, and she's got the nerve to bitch about a protest? She should get some kind of "worst flack in the world" award.

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