Subtle 'encouragement'

Workers at "The Happiest Place in the World" were told last week to vote "yes" and smile for a labor contract they have twice rejected, lest Walt Disney World's overseers stick them with something worse. The raises offered -- 30 cents an hour for starting employees, which would bring them to $6.25 -- could be revoked while more expensive medical benefits will be instituted by the company unilaterally after the Dec. 10 vote.

"We encourage you to carefully consider the consequences of your decision for you and your family when you vote," Jerry Montgomery, Disney World vice president of employee relations, wrote in a two-page letter dated Dec. 3. Reports that he laughed maniacally after penning the letter were unconfirmed at press time.

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