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    KPCC 89.3: 8 Disneyland employees break hunger strike in labor negotiations

    Eight Disneyland employees who have been on a weeklong hunger strike to protest stalled negotiations on a new labor contract will break their fast today as they end their demonstrations in Anaheim and move to Disney's headquarters in Burbank.

    Ten hotel workers represented by Unite Here Local 11 began their fast Feb. 9, but two dropped out for medical reasons, Leigh Shelton of Unite Here said. They are trying to draw attention to negotiations that have stalled since 2008 over Disney's proposal to have union members begin paying for their health care plan.

    The activists have been camping out in front of the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and picketing. On Saturday, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello put on a show.

    "Throughout all this the workers have refused any food," Shelton said. "The situation has gotten so bad the workers have nothing else they can do but put their own health in jeopardy to make the company pay attention to them."