The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owners of Foxwoods Casino, has filed a series of objections to a ballot held by the National Labor Relations Board. In that election, table game dealers at the casino voted by a convincing majority to form a union.
The objections filed by the Mashantuckets with the regional office of the Labor Relations Board deal both with the conduct of the election, and with the actions of the United Auto Workers, the union petitioning for the vote. The Tribe once again states its view that the Labor Board has no jurisdiction on the reservation, and also says the election was improper because ballots were only available in English, despite the fact that employees at Foxwoods speak many different languages.
The Tribe accuses the union of threatening and intimidating dealers in order to suppress voter turnout among union opponents, and says some were subjected to threats of bodily harm. The UAW is also accused of telling dealers it would work to get those who opposed unionization dismissed from their jobs. The tribe will now have an additional seven days to provide evidence to support its objections, and the union will be given time to respond. The Labor Board is then likely to schedule a hearing on the matter.