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    LA Times: Disney hotel workers to launch hunger strike in dispute over healthcare benefits 

    by Patrick J. McDonnell

    Hotel and restaurant workers engaged in a two-year labor dispute with Disney centering on heathcare benefits plan to launch a public hunger strike Tuesday afternoon outside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

    Seven Disney staffers, two solidarity workers from the same union and the son of a Disney worker injured on the job will participate in the fast, according to Unite Here Local 11, which represents the workers. The hunger-strikers say they plan to take only water as they camp on the street outside the hotel.

    Among those expected to attend a march and rally to mark the beginning of the hunger strike, the union says, are religious leaders, Disney employees, an Anaheim city councilwoman and Dolores Huerta, legendary co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America.

    Union demonstrators will begin the rally outside Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and march to the nearby Grand Californian, said Leigh Shelton, a Local 11 spokeswoman.

    The nasty dispute pits image-conscious Disney against Local 11, an activist union known for its high-profile pressure tactics and street theater protests, often on behalf of low-wage immigrant workers.

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