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Foxwoods Reinstates Dealer After NLRB Agreement
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Management at Foxwoods casino will reinstate a dealer fired after last fall’s union election. The move is part of a settlement reached with the National Labor Relations Board and the United Auto Workers.

After the election, in which table game dealers at Foxwoods voted to affiliate with the UAW, both sides filed accusations about conduct of the other in the run-up to the ballot.  Now, a part of a settlement of alleged unfair labor practices, Foxwoods management will reinstate dealer Dave Ellsworth who claims he was dismissed for expressing support for the union.  Ellsworth says the outcome is a relief.

"I feel like I’m going to be vindicated.  I don’t believe I did anything wrong.  I stand behind everything I’ve done.  I’m proud of what I said.  I just feel finally some relief to what has been a tough couple of months for me."

Also as part of the settlement, notices will be posted at the casino explaining employees’ rights to organize.  The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe issued a statement saying they believe the settlement makes clear to their employees that they do respect their rights to support unions.  However, the statement reiterates that the process should be governed by Tribal rather than federal labor laws.  The outcome of the election is still under appeal.