6/1/08

Casino War: Foxwoods workers reject UAW

Nearly 40 workers at Foxwoods Resort Casino's race book have voted against joining the United Auto Workers union. The employees voted 23-13 against unionizing on Friday. It was the third union vote at the casino within the past year. Table game dealers have voted to join the UAW, while operating engineers including electricians and plumbers rejected a plan to join the International Union of Operating Engineers.

The Mashantucket Pequots, who own Foxwoods, are appealing the table game dealer's vote to the National Labor Relations Board.

Two unions are vying to represent a fourth group of Foxwoods employees, slot technicians, while the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has begun talks with beverage, cleaning and food workers.

Foxwoods President Barry Cregan says he is pleased that a second group of workers has rejected joining a union and is showing faith in Foxwoods' management.

(newsday.com)

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