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from the Boston Herald - Friday June 8, 2001; pageS4

After almost two months at the negotiating table, the workers who play characters such as Mickey Mouse and Cinderella at Walt Disney World have won an important concession: clean undergarments.

Under a tentative contract between Disney and the Teamsters union -- which represents workers who portray such figures as Goofy, Pluto, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck -- the workers will be assigned individual undergarments, which they can take home each night to clean themselves instead of relying on Disney launderers.  Some workers had complained about getting pubic lice and scabies.

"Things have been passed around," said Gary Steverson, a stilt walker at Animal Kingdom.  "I know I don't want to share my tights and I don't want to share my underwear."

Many of the characters have to wear Disney-issued jock straps, tights or bike shorts underneath their costumes because regular underwear bunches up and is noticeable.  Each night, they turn in the undergarments with the rest of their costume before going home.  They then pick up a different set the next day.



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