Teamsters top boss tries to quell rebellion by Mickey, Goofy

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Teamsters’ top boss is trying to quell a rebellion by Mickey, Minnie and their costumed friends.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters general president James Hoffa ordered a hearing in Florida last weekend to determine whether leaders should be removed from the local Teamsters union that represents Walt Disney World’s costumed character-performers, truck drivers and other workers.

Hundreds of costumed character-performers have threatened to leave Teamsters Local 385. They accuse the local leadership of “horrible misrepresentation.”

The president of Local 385 didn’t return inquiries seeking comment.

Hoffa says he has received “credible allegations” that Local 385’s leaders have failed to act in the interest of union members.

Among the complaints was that Local 385 leaders made a deal with Disney World officials to cut out 20 or so workers from being covered by the union.


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