Saturday, March 14, 2009

Union Election Anticipated For Foxwoods Bartenders On April 8

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March 14, 2009

Another union election could occur next month on the Mashantucket Reservation, this time among bartenders, beverage servers and bar porters.

Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union could hold an election April 8 if 30 percent of the approximately 400 targeted workers approve of the effort. The petition is expected to be turned in on Monday, according to a union spokesman.

The union is organizing under the Indian nation's laws as opposed to federal laws. The guidelines used are those of the Mashantucket Pequot Employment Rights Office.

And independent representative, from the American Arbitration Association, will review the signatures on the petition.

If 30 percent of the group approves, an election by secret ballot will be held on April 8. Under the election, 51 percent must approve of the unionizing effort.

Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has abourt 10,000 members in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. The Food union's efforts began soon after table game dealers agreed to organize with the United Auto Workers about a year and a half ago under federal National Labor Relations Act's laws. The UAW is still attempting to negotiate a contract with Foxwoods.

Since then, some unions have been unsuccesful in their organizing efforts at efforts while earlier this month, 20 Mashantucket fire fighters voted to affiliate with the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut.

Thus far, unionizing efforts have not yielded any results among employees at the Mohegan Sun Casino.