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UAW wins rights to seek Foxwoods representation

21 May 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Connecticut Day: "Think of it as a dispute between two siblings: two unions under the same umbrella, vying to represent one group of workers at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

"Since both unions are AFL-CIO affiliates, the decision as to who should move forward in the organizing process was handled behind closed doors and moderated by an AFL-CIO arbitrator.

"In the end, the United Auto Workers union beat out the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and has the exclusive right (among AFL-CIO affiliates) to seek representation of slot technicians at the tribally owned casino for the next two years, according to the arbitrator's decision, which was obtained by The Day.

"The arbitrator cited the UAW's successful campaign to organize poker and table-game dealers at Foxwoods in November and said that momentum may benefit the union in this bid to unionize between 80 and 120 workers at both Foxwoods and the newly opened MGM Grand at Foxwoods.

"...The IBEW was the first to file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on April 8, stating it had the support of a substantial number of slot technicians at Foxwoods..."

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