Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Foxwoods Casino Negotiates Under Union Pressure

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Foxwoods casino avoided a National Labor Relations Board hearing scheduled for today by reinstating a dealer who was fired and dropped disciplinary actions against other dealers. In addition, the UAW said Foxwoods will post notices at the casino that explains employees' rights regarding union organizing.

Dealers at the casino voted to join the UAW last Fall but the Tribe made clear that the actions taken yesterday in regards to the dealers were a result of tribal processes and not driven by the union.

“We feel it is important that employees know that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation respects their right to support unions,” Jackson T. King, general counsel for the tribe, stated in a prepared statement.

“Our dispute here is that the process should be governed by tribal law.”