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Disney Workers Reach Tentative Deal

October 21, 1997

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Trade workers at Walt Disney World have reached a tentative agreement with the company, averting a possible strike.

Disney’s carpenters, electricians, plumbers and laborers were set to strike at midnight Monday if a compromise agreement hadn’t been reached.

Craft Maintenance Council members will vote to ratify or reject the contract Oct. 30. Union members rejected the last proposal by a 990 to 878 vote.

While the new agreement doesn’t prevent a strike, it includes such concessions as bonuses and guaranteed annual pay raises that make a strike less likely.

``It’s a good package _ we made a lot of substantial gains,″ said Harry Brown, chairman of the council, which represents more than 3,500 workers. ``We’re getting some good feedback and we think it’s going to fly.″

In exchange for the concessions from Disney, union representatives agreed to an increase in health insurance premiums and to delay an increase in pensions until next year.

Some workers, however, weren’t sure the agreement would be approved. They said any pay raise they received would be offset by increases in health insurance premiums.

``This company is solvent,″ said Tom Diskin, a warehouse worker. ``They’re making record profits and asking us to cut our cost of living.″

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