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Foxwoods appeals union vote order

27 March 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Connecticut Day: "As promised, attorneys representing Foxwoods Resort Casino have appealed a judge's decision issued earlier this month recommending certification of a vote by dealers in favor of union representation.

"The appeal, in the form of a 33-page document, was filed with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington Tuesday afternoon.

"...Table-game and poker dealers voted 1,289 to 852 in favor of union representation by the United Autoworkers on Nov. 24, 2007.

"The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which owns and operates Foxwoods, had filed several objections relating to the election, which questioned why ballots were not translated into traditional and simplified Chinese and also raised concerns about the conduct of union officials.

"Administrative Law Judge Raymond Green discounted each of the objections filed by the tribe in his decision, which was issued on March 14.

"While those objections are still prominent in this appeal, the tribe is again raising the issue of jurisdiction and whether the NLRB has jurisdiction over a sovereign nation. The tribe also disputes the applicability of the National Labor Relations Act..."

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