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Disneyland, hotel workers reach contract agreement

Workers at the Disneyland Resort stage a protest.

December 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Walt Disney Company and the union representing hundreds of hotel workers at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim have come to a five-year agreement.

The new contract will include wage increases, affordable health care and decreased workloads for housekeepers.

It also provides job security and seniority protection for both full-time and part-time workers.

The union still has to vote on the contract, but it's expected to pass.

The agreement would put an end to a nearly four-year dispute that led workers to stage a series of protests.

The workers' contract expired in February 2008.

A key sticking point in negotiations was a free health care plan for maids, bell hops, cooks and dishwashers at three Disney-owned hotels that the resort wanted to eliminate.

Disney is the parent company of ABC7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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