Several Disney Cast Members Fired for Refusing to Wear Dirty Costumes

Three cast members of the Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom were recently fired for refusing to wear tainted unitards.

Walt Disney World Reaches Tentative Agreement with Unions

Walt Disney World has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest union group.

The agreement raises the minimum hourly rate for full-time employees to $10 by 2016. The hourly rate will increase to $9.50 next year.

The contract covers the 21,000 full-time workers represented by the Services Trade Council, a coalition of six unions.

Unionized Walt Disney World Employees Preparing to Negotiate for Higher Wages

Nearly 37,000 unionized employees at the Walt Disney World Resort are preparing to negotiate for higher wages when their contract expires next month.

The workers are represented by six different local unions as part of a coalition called the Services Trade Council.

Disney Being Sued By A Nun Over 'Sister Act'

It's a lawsuit over twenty years in the making. Delois Blakley recently sued Disney, claiming her 1987 autobiography, The Harlem Street Nun, was the basis for Disney's hit movie "Sister Act" and the theater production that followed.

The same year her book came out, Blakely reportedly wrote a synopsis of the story which she sent out to the movie industry, including a producer at Tri-Star Pictures. She claims that Tri-Star expressed interest in movie rights to the story, and that another producer took the project from Tri-Star to Disney. "Sister Act" was then made.

A New Deal for Disney's Part-Time Workers?

Though the official contract vote is anticipated sometime next month, a tentative deal was recently reached between Disney and its part-time staff represented by the Service Trades Council.

Some 10,000 of Disney's "casual regular" workers are affected by the deal which includes bonuses of up to $275 for those staff not earning tips and $50 for those whose work regularly includes gratuities. In addition, the contract will also add Dr. Martin King Luther Day and Labor Day as days in which staff can be paid holiday pay.

Temporary Contract Extension for Disney and Union

It might not seem like they're agreeing on much, but Disney and its largest labor union did agree to temporarily extend their current contract on December 9, 2010. This moves the contract's date of expiration from December 11 2010, to January 20, 2011.

Currently, nearly 21,000 of the more than 60,000 Florida parks workers are represented by the unions involved in negotiations with Disney. Those negoations, started in the summer of last year, remain at a standstill despite the intervention of a federal mediator. There is no news at present when those talks will resume

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Checking In Online For Your Disney Cruise Vacation

Disney travelers are familiar with the concept of Online Check-In, this pre-registration that helps you breeze through the process upon arrival and get straight to the fun. It's also important to check-in online when getting ready for a Disney Cruise vacation. Checking-In online for your Disney Cruise not only helps you save time at the cruise terminal, but it gives you the chance to pre-book port adventures, spa treatments, Castaway Cay cabanas, and fine dining at DCL's adults only restaurants.