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Officials Arrest Tinkerbell, Peter Pan During Disneyland Hotel Worker Protests

August 15, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

It's probably in your best interests to stay away from Disneyland and all of its hotels this week, as things are so chaotic over there right now that they've gone and arrested Tinkerbell. What is this world coming to?

Yesterday, we caught wind of the plans for Disneyland hotel workers' protests to go down last night. The issues involve about 2,300 unionized hotel workers at three Disney-owned hotels: the Paradise Pier, the Grand Californian and the Disneyland Hotel.

According to the AP article on last night's protests, healthcare was at the heart of the matter:

The workers' contract expired in February and their union says Disney's latest proposal makes health care unaffordable for hundreds of employees and creates an unfair two-tier wage system. The union also says Disney wants to create a new category of part-time employees who would receive greatly reduced benefits.

A spokeswoman for Disney said the workers have protested a whopping 14 times, but have only made an effort to sit down and negotiate a deal with the administration 11 times -- and she's pissed that the workers are instead staging "publicity stunts" like this one instead of engaging in constructive deal-making and wocka, wocka, wocka.

32 people were arrested last night, many of them "on a misdemeanor count of failure to obey a police officer and two traffic infractions."

Lots of those taken into custody were dressed up as Disney characters. Yes, they seem to have arrested Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and again we ask: just what is this world coming to?

[Photo: Carlos Delgado / AP]

Archived Comments:

Re: Officials Arrest Tinkerbell, Peter Pan During

you know...michael jackson ruined peter pan for me so seeing him in the back of a squad car draws no emotion. but tinkerbell??! nooooooooooooo

Peter Pan Protests

No wonder Tinkerbell and Peter Pan weren't working the Disney Tours!