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Disney workers' hunger strike enters second week

February 16, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA — Workers at the Disneyland Resort plan to move their hunger strike — now in its second week — to the company''s Burbank, California, headquarters, according to The Orange County Register.

According to the story, eight Disney workers, represented by the UNITE-HERE Local 11 union, have consumed only water for the past seven days in an effort to draw attention to the 2-year lack of contract for hotel employees.

Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said: "As Local 11 continues with its protests, we continue to be willing and ready to meet with a federal mediator, as we have for the past two years."

Local and state politicians have come out show support for the workers, and rock musician Tom Morello performed Saturday at the location of the hunger strike, the story stated.

The dispute centers around health care costs, with workers — who currently pay nothing for health care benefits — resisting a proposed change by Disney to an employee-contributed health care program, the story noted.

Two of the original 10 workers participating in the hunger strike have dropped out due to medical reasons, the story added.

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