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Congressman meets with union

31 July 2007

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Conneticut Day: "Congressman Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, met Saturday with the union trying to organize at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

"Courtney sits on the House Education and Labor Committee.

"According to a statement released by his communications director, Brian D. Farber, Courtney met with union leaders and employees to hear their concerns about employees' right to organize at tribal casinos under the National Labor Relations Act.

"The union is formally known as the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.

"...The UAW is trying to organize dealers and other workers at Foxwoods and has filed charges against the company, alleging harassment and bribery with the National Labor Relations Board. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has urged members not to join a union, saying benefits and working conditions can be best maintained through direct communication with management.

"The right to organize came through a unanimous decision in February, when a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a southern California tribe's claim that its sovereign immunity shielded it from the National Labor Relations Act.

"...On Monday, The Day also obtained a July 26 letter written by Foxwoods President John O'Brien expressing concern that union organizers and supporters are harassing workers at the casino and at their homes..."

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