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UNITE HERE Union Encounters Internal Strife

UNITE HERE, whose Locals 681 and 11 cover Disneyland Resort hotel and restaurant workers, is currently undergoing some internal strife that may have led to a defection of 150,000 of its members to a rival union.

As we discussed before (here and here are good starting points) UNITE HERE Local 11, 681, and Disney are in protracted arguments (I would hesitate to call them negotiations) over wage and benefit issues. There is no word if the current fracture will change the status.

I’m a supporter of increasing wages and benefits for service employees, however, a look at their protest website “Disney Is Unfaithful” and their aborted Twitter attempt, does more to turn me off from their goals than to make me want to support them. All the stories lead me to think they’re conspiracy nuts that have it out for Disney, rather than employees who want to be partners in the company’s success, but think they deserve a living wage for doing so.

That’s too bad, because the only people who are getting hurt here are the employees and their families who will lose their jobs and benefits as a result.