Times Square characters want to unionize

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Date: August 13th, 2014

timesNEW YORK - Times Square is quickly becoming the costume capital of the world. They seem to be everywhere. City officials have said they want to crack down, but now the people who wear the costumes also want to take action and organize to protect their jobs.

You know them as Elmo, Cookie Monster and Woody, but the people who wear these costumes decided to take on a new name: Association of Artists United for a Smile New York City.

About 60 of the costume-wearing workers held a meeting organized by immigration advocacy group La Fuente to talk about forming a union.

Organizer Alex Gomez says the goal is to clean up the characters’ image in the wake of growing complaints.  More

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