Friday, January 29, 2010

Landmark Union Vote Today For Foxwoods Dealers

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Foxwoods casino dealers will vote today on whether to accept the terms of a labor contract worked out by Local 2121 of the United Auto Workers union and Foxwoods casino management.

According to published reports since the deal was announced three days ago, the labor contract would increase dealer wages by an average of 6 percent each year for the next two years. The contract would also make more uniform the seniority and tip distribution policies between dealers at Foxwoods and dealers at the MGM Grand section at Foxwoods that opened in 2008. Less than 15 percent of the 2,500 total dealers at Foxwoods work at the MGM Grand section at Foxwoods.

The labor contract is the result of arbitration talks that began last summer over an impasse reached between the parties.

Should the contract be approved by the dealers, then it would be the first of its kind in the nation negotiated under a tribal government labor laws.