Friday, July 23, 2010

Federal Labor Board Schedules Foxwoods Beverage Workers Union Vote For July 31

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Updated with footnote

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a vote for beverage workers at Foxwoods which will decide if the beverage workers are to represented by a union.

The vote, set for July 31, was scheduled after it was clear that Foxwoods would not appeal a decision made earlier this month by the NLRB that the election would be governed under the federal labor law instead of being governed by tribal labor law.

The deadline for an appeal to the NLRB decision by the Mashantucket Pequot Indians has expired.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe made a significant change to their union voting procedures - specifically that eligible employees not voting in an election for union representation would no longer be counted as "no" votes - in the hope that it would convince the NLRB to permit the Tribe to supervise the election under tribal laws.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 is seeking to organize about 400 bartenders, bar porters and beverage servers.

Note: The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe filed a request for review of the regional NLRB decision earlier this week to the NLRB's Washington, D.C., office.