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Two unions target Foxwoods technicians

15 April 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Connecticut Day: "Lately there has been an influx of unionization efforts at Foxwoods Resort Casino. And for the most part, each of those efforts has stuck to the same pattern.

"But on Monday, the United Auto Workers union shook things up a bit.

"The UAW filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in Hartford Monday afternoon seeking to unionize slot technicians at the casino — technicians who are also being courted by another union.

"The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which filed paperwork last week, and the UAW have each filed petitions with the labor board seeking to unionize slot technicians, electronic bench technicians, field service technicians and senior field service technicians. Both stated in their petitions that at least 30 percent of workers in the prospective bargaining unit support their union's efforts.

"The only difference between the two petitions is that the UAW included workers at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, which is scheduled to open May 17.

"'It's beginning to look like a feeding frenzy, with the unions fighting among themselves for who will try to collect the dues and initiation fees from Foxwoods employees,' said Steve Heise, vice president of human resources at Foxwoods, in a prepared statement. 'This suggests that the unions may be more interested helping the unions' treasuries than in helping employees.'

"The UAW also filed a second petition Monday, seeking to unionize racebook writers and dual-rate racebook writers in the casino's off-track betting area..."

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