Disney officials, unions start negotiations

Disney workeers start contract negotiations

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1989: Disney-MGM Studios opens as the third theme park at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. The park, inspired by the heyday of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, has since been renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Contract negotiations are getting started between Walt Disney World officials and members of its unions.

The contract talks between Disney World and its unionized employees start Monday. Workers covered in the contract include housekeeper, ride operators, fast food workers, cooks, dishwashers, beverage workers, custodians, ticket-takers and vacation planners.

The contract covers about 24,000 fulltime unionized Disney World workers in the Orlando area. A separate contract will be hammered out by the unions and the resort's 12,000 unionized part-time workers.

The resort employees more than 60,000 workers in total.

The current contract ends at the end of March.

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