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Foxwoods dealers vote for union

26 November 2007

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- As reported by the Hartford Courant: "Only a handful of dealers and labor leaders remained outside a ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino early Sunday morning when election results became official: Table game dealers had voted by a wide margin to become the casino's first unionized employees.

"At 2 a.m., the celebration by the United Auto Workers union and its supporters in an out-of-the-way hallway at one of the world's largest casinos seemed muted after a long and often contentious fight.

"One floor above, the piped-in pop music and steady stream of gamblers continued. The only cheer one exhausted union supporter could muster at the late hour was: 'It's over. It's over.'

"The tired reactions belied the importance of Saturday's historic vote for tribal casinos and organized labor nationwide. Both sides had been watching the run-up to the election closely, and its results could have major ramifications for each.

"...Depending on the outcome of a contract for Foxwoods' dealers -- which could be months or years away, and still is not assured -- Saturday's vote could result in union organizing efforts at tribal casinos coast to coast. The vote at Foxwoods is believed to be the first National Labor Relations Board-supervised union election at a tribal casino..."

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