Disneyland, hotel workers reach contract agreement

ANAHEIM, Calif.

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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