The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe says it has not ruled out further legal action after dealers at its Foxwoods Casino voted to form a union. WNPRâ€™s Harriet Jones reports.
Just over two thousand dealers at Foxwoods voted throughout the day Saturday, and when the votes were tallied early Sunday morning the union supporters found themselves victorious by a margin of over 400. The dealers say in recent years their pay and benefits have been eroded, leaving them dependent on tips from customers to supplement their earnings. Jacqueline Little, a poker dealer at the casino for 15 years was one of the workers backing the organizing drive by the United Auto Workers.
"Itâ€™s been a long hard road, and we are just so excited. So many people said we could never do it, and the dealers at Foxwoods once again have proved theyâ€™re the best, because they absolutely did it against all odds. I cannot tell you how proud I am of the workers at Foxwoods."
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owner of Foxwoods says it believes that employee relations should be dealt with under tribal and that submitting to federal labor laws erodes their sovereignty. Foxwoods management issued a statement after the vote saying the jurisdiction issue still has to be resolved, and leaving the door open for further legal action. The National Labor Relations Board now says it will wait a week before ratifying the vote to allow either side to file objections.