Picketers arrested outside Disneyland

August 14, 2008 7:26:40 PM PDT
More than 30 picketers have been arrested outside Disneyland as they protested in a labor dispute between Disney and its hotel workers. The protesters were taken away in handcuffs Thursday after sitting in a busy intersection outside the park, many of them dressed as Disney characters such as Cinderella and Peter Pan.

The arrests followed a march by hundreds of maids, cooks and dishwashers from three Disney hotels who are complaining about a contract dispute.

The workers' contract expired in February and their union says Disney's latest offer would make health care unaffordable and create an unfair two-tier wage system.

A Disney spokeswoman says that negotiations are ongoing.

The dispute involves 2,300 workers at the Paradise Pier, Grand Californian and Disneyland hotels.

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