by Kaylee Hultgren | February 10, 2010

The hotel labor union Unite Here Local 11 was expecting approximately 500 Disney hotel workers to participate in a march and candlelight vigil Tuesday night at the Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., calling attention to ongoing contract disagreements over health-care benefits and safety problems occurring at Disneyland hotels. In addition, 10 hotel workers fasted on the premises of the Grand Californian Hotel. Disneyland has called on Unite Here Local 11 to work with an independent federal mediator to resolve the two-year contract dispute, since the union has not made steps to return to the bargaining table following Disney's final offer, made in June 2009. In response to yesterday's events, Robert Donahue, director of resort sales and services, said, "Despite occasional union activity by Unite Here Union Local 11 at the Disneyland Resort, we have not experienced any disruptions to hotel or convention operations. All group activities continue to move forth as normal. In the event of attempted disruptions by the union, we can activate a well-developed contingency plan, which will ensure a seamless experience for our guests. It is unfortunate that the union has chosen to take this path rather than making a professional attempt to resolve the situation. It also concerns us that the union would risk the health and safety of their members in this manner. We continue to ask the union to meet with an independent federal mediator in the hopes of making progress on our negotiations."