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Casino Changes Labor Landscape

2 October 2006

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Norwich Bulletin: "Ten years ago, Rodney Green's Norwich restaurant was booming.

"…That changed 10 years ago when Mohegan Sun opened. A top attraction was now right in the back yards of people who had been loyal patrons to local businesses. Now there was the lure of top entertainment and dozens of new restaurants inside the casino. And those restaurants weren't just luring away patrons. The benefits package Mohegan Sun offered its employees also attracted chefs and waitstaff away from many of the region's restaurants.

"…Existing in the shadow of the casino hasn't been easy for business owners such as Green. Fewer patrons mean less profit. Residents' disposable income was going to gambling and other attractions at the casino.

"Green said he lost 35 percent of his business and half his staff within a week of the casino's opening.

"…The key to survival for businesses affected by Mohegan Sun is to learn to adapt to a changing demographic, said attorney Ted Phillips of Norwich, chairman of the Greater Norwich Chamber of Commerce…"

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