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Contract negotiations stall for Walt Disney World firefighters

The Reedy Creek Fire Fighters Association Local 2117 at Walt Disney World has not been able to reach an agreement in contract negotiations with Reedy Creek, the Disney-controlled taxing district. The union represents the firefighters and paramedics that work at the Resort. The group has been working without a contract since January and will now have their arguments heard by a special magistrate; the decision will not be binding. Up for discussion are “pay increases, insurance benefits, medical body scans and the continuation of a special-operations team.”

Tim Stromsnes, president of the union, says that Reedy Creek is proposing a 3 percent pay increase, while the union wants about a 4.7 percent increase. The union also wants the district to pay “the same percentage of premium costs for a traditional insurance plan as for a high-deductible one, rather than a set dollar amount for both.”

Reedy Creek plans to disband a special operations and response team that is trained for collapsed building rescues and the detection of chemical agents, but the firefighters disagree with this plan. The union would also like the annual physicals to include a medical body scan; the district is looking into the cost of those scans.

News source: Orlando Sentinel

Photo credit: Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel

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Leah grew up in a little farming town in Illinois, right on the Mississippi River. Her Chicago-born husband, David, left the city for her, and they're now raising their three children (Jacob, Jonah and Lydia) just 12 miles from her hometown. As the Senior Editor of the DIS (wdwinfo.com), Leah spends a lot of time writing about, reading about, and discussing Disney. So, it should come as no surprise that one of her family's favorite ways to spend time is going to Walt Disney World and traveling on Disney Cruise Line. She also enjoys shopping, watching movies with her husband and doing crafts with and for her kids.


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