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Magistrate agrees with Disney firefighters in contract dispute

Following in the footsteps of union workers from California to the Northeast, union workers from Disney World have been engaged in a contentious battle with Reedy Creek Improvement District over their contacts. It appears that a resolution to the contract dispute has been difficult to achieve, in part because Reedy Creek is governed by Disney. Recently, a special magistrate sided with the firefighters on several key issues related to the negotiations.

The firefighters have understandably grown frustrated as they have been working without a contract for two years. There are many important issues at stake in the ongoing contract dispute, including pay increases, annual medical physicals and health insurance. The magistrate assigned to the case has made several recommendations with which firefighters say they are in agreement.

Reedy Creek Improvement District, on the other hand, says it has not had enough time to thoroughly review the new recommendations. The magistrate did say that part of the problem seems to be that Reedy Creek is limited in its ability to make decisions because Disney itself has governing power. Among the recommendations for a new contract, the magistrate stated that Reedy Creek should pay at least 90 percent of the firefighters health insurance costs. Also, the district should pay for a special body scan as part of the yearly medical examinations the firefighters receive.

Spokespersons on behalf of the union workers say they will accept the newly proposed agreement. Those involved are now waiting for Reedy Creek Improvement District to issue an official response. When contract problems like this one arise between workers and management in California, solutions are often more easily obtained when assistance is sought from experienced business and commercial law attorneys.

Source:, "Disney World firefighters declare victory in contract dispute", Sandra Pedicini, Oct. 18, 2016

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