Disney Cuts Trade Worker Hours
The Associated Press
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001; 6:27 p.m. EST LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Walt Disney World has scaled back the number of hours its skilled trade workers put in by as much as 20 percent.
The cuts affect 4,000 landscapers, painters, computer technicians, electricians and mechanics who service the rides, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.
The cost-cutting move has already hit hourly service workers, and salaried personnel also have been asked to voluntarily trim their hours as Disney endures a slump made worse by the terrorist attacks last month.
Officials at Craft Maintenance, an umbrella group for nine labor unions, would not comment Tuesday. But union stewards and members say their leaders have objected to the cutbacks and are in discussions about the scope of the changes.
Disney World officials confirmed the talks but would not give details.
"We are currently in a dialogue with the union," said Disney spokeswoman Rena Callahan, who added that 40 hours a week isn't guaranteed in the union's contract with Disney.
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