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    Arrow Disney settles labor complaint over '05 job cuts

    From the Orlando Sentinel:

    Disney settles labor complaint over '05 job cuts
    Current and former custodians will get about $650 each. A union plans to hold a rally today.

    Scott Powers | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted March 2, 2007

    Nearly 200 current and former Walt Disney World custodians will receive payments averaging almost $650 apiece after Disney and a union settled a complaint about how the resort eliminated some jobs in 2005.

    The agreement, approved Feb. 2 by the National Labor Relations Board, ends an unfair labor practices complaint that the Service Trades Council Union filed about how Disney World transferred 170 overnight-shift custodial jobs to outside contractors in late 2005.

    The Disney employees involved were all offered other jobs at comparable hours and wages at the time. But the union alleged that not all of them got acceptable offers, and some custodians had to leave.

    For a couple of years, the Service Trades Council has been challenging Disney World's decisions to outsource jobs, claiming the company was replacing good, full-time jobs with jobs offering inferior pay, benefits and hours, and that quality would suffer. The union intends a rally today at the State Road 535 entrance to Disney World to announce the settlement and declare it a victory for workers.

    Disney World officials denied that concern, saying they have insisted that outside contractors are being held to the same hiring, training and supervision standards that Disney uses.

    The settlement calls for Disney World to pay $119,307 to the National Labor Relations Board. That money will then be distributed to about 170 workers, based on their wage rates in late 2005. The settlement also calls for Disney World not to unilaterally change employees' wages, hours and working conditions, or refuse to provide information requested by the union, according to the union. By settling, the two sides avoid taking the case before a federal hearing examiner.

    "A settlement in this amount of money is a good sign" that Disney was worried about its case, said Service Trades Council President Morty Miller.

    A Disney World spokeswoman said the settlement was more a matter of assuring expedience.

    "While we complied with both our collective-bargaining agreement and the National Labor Relations Act, we felt it was important to achieve a quick resolution for our impacted cast members and enable them to move forward in their new roles," spokeswoman Kim Prunty said.

    Scott Powers can be reached at spowers@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5441.

    Source URL: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-disneypays0207mar02,0,87758.story?track=rss

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    Again, this is part of that long, slippery slope. When Disney outsources, the quality DOES go down and the challenges go up. It's just a money saving technique that is NOT what this company and the parks were founded on. "Quality is the best business plan" - Walt Disney
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin M View Post
    Again, this is part of that long, slippery slope. When Disney outsources, the quality DOES go down and the challenges go up. It's just a money saving technique that is NOT what this company and the parks were founded on. "Quality is the best business plan" - Walt Disney

    Well stated, Justin. My thoughts exactly.
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