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Mashantucket Pequots raise sovereignty issue

25 April 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Connecticut Day: "Attorneys representing the tribe that owns and operates Foxwoods Resort Casino once again argued that federal labor laws should not apply to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation because of tribal sovereignty.

"Attorneys representing both the tribe and the United Auto Workers union were in Hartford Thursday morning to determine whether a union election should be held at Foxwoods.

"The UAW filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in Hartford two weeks ago, stating it has the support of a substantial number of racebook writers and dual-rate racebook writers at Foxwoods.

"The prospective bargaining unit would include just under 40 employees who work in the casino's off-track betting area.

"...The tribe is currently appealing an administrative law judge's ruling, delivered in March, that stated that the results from the election should be certified.

"...With each filing, the tribe has questioned whether federal labor laws apply to the tribe and its gaming enterprise and whether the NLRB has jurisdiction over the tribe..."

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