Friday, June 18, 2010

Federal Hearing Rescheduled For Union Hoping To Organize Bartenders At Foxwoods

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A hearing that will determine whether a union can organize bartenders at Foxwoods casino using federal labor laws instead of tribal laws was rescheduled for next Friday in Hartford.

Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which lost a vote to organize some 400 bartenders at Foxwoods last year that was held in accordance with tribal labor laws, has asked the National Labor Relations Board to schedule an election using federal labor laws.

Last year, the union lost an election when 207 voted against affiliating with the union while 133 voted for the union. Under tribal law those who didn't participate in the election, about 60 employees, are counted as "no" votes.

Table games dealers are the only unionized segment at Foxwoods after the dealers voted to affiliate with the United Auto Workers union in 2007.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford.