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Walt Disney World workers want pay boost

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The rally comes on the heels of a Disney ticket price boost. (Source: WESH/CNN) The rally comes on the heels of a Disney ticket price boost. (Source: WESH/CNN)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (WESH/CNN) - Hundreds of Disney workers rallied for more money Monday night.

It came just two days after the entertainment and theme park giant announced it was raising ticket prices again.

Hundreds of Disney housekeepers, restaurant workers and ride operators chanted "yes" - fighting to get a new contract.

The union rally comes one week before negotiations with Disney for higher wages, more affordable benefits and improvements to pension plans.

"I love working for Disney, I love what I'm doing," said Isaie Marc. He said he loves being a cook at Disney's All-Star resort, but said he struggles to support his two children.

"Two thirds of our people we represent, they're not making enough money," Marc said. "They're making less than $10 an hour, so hopefully the company will look at that."

Disney claims many of the union workers who make fewer than $10 an hour only work part time. The company says despite complaints, many of the union workers have chosen to remain at Disney a decade or more.

"The majority of Service Trade Council cast members have been with the company over 10 years which is higher than the average for this type of role, so they are staying here with us because we offer not only a leading pay and benefits package but also we offer great programs like on site child care and an on site clinic," Jacquee Wahler, Walt Disney World spokesperson, said.

Over the weekend, Disney raised ticket prices by $4. The Magic Kingdom now costs $99 for a single entry. All other Disney parks will now cost $94.

Union workers say the company is making a big enough profit to afford raises for cast members.

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