P.M. Briefing : Yosemite Busy as Strike Threat Ends

From Times wire services

Tourists flocked to Yosemite National Park today after park concession workers overwhelmingly approved a new labor contract.

The ratification vote Tuesday night eliminated the threat of a strike by hundreds of hotel, recreational, custodial and retail workers in the park during the usually busy Easter Week.

Union members voted 301 to 14 to accept the new, three-year contract with the Yosemite Park & Curry Co. The pact included a 10.5% wage increase over three years along with improved health care benefits and improved housing benefits. Park officials said tourist business immediately began picking up.