Sunday, August 1, 2010

Foxwoods Beverage Servers Vote 190-145 For Union Representation

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Foxwoods beverage servers voted yesterday by an unofficial margin of 190-145 to affiliate with Local 371 of the United Foods and Commercial Workers Union. Yesterday's vote came after the National Labor Relations Board mandated that the election be conducted under federal labor law and not tribal labor law.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owners of Foxwoods, may further challenge the right of the NLRB's supervision of a union election on the reservation using federal labor law.

The 391 bar servers, bartenders and bar porters were eligible to vote in the election. The president Local 371 of the UFCW, Brian Petronella, said the group would organize under tribal law as did the United Auto Workers which represents table game dealers at Foxwoods.

The Tribe issued a statement that said, in part, "It is the policy of the United States to encourage and support tribal self-government. Mashantucket Pequot laws provide a fair process for employees to select union representation and pursue collective-bargaining if they so desire. We continue to believe that tribal law should apply in these matters and will continue to pursue that challenge through all appropriate legal channels."