A vote on unionization at Foxwoods casino will go ahead on Saturday, after federal labor officials rejected a stay requested by the casinoâ€™s owners.
Around three thousand dealers at Foxwooods will be eligible to cast ballots on Saturday, to determine whether to form a union. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owners of Foxwoods, currently have an appeal pending with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington DC. The tribe does not believe federal labor laws have jurisdiction on the reservation, and had asked the board to delay the vote until after the appeal had been decided. But the NLRB Wednesday said the vote would go ahead as scheduled. The Mashantucketâ€™s spokesman Bruce MacDonald read this statement on behalf of tribal counsel Jackson King.
The United Auto Workers, which has been sponsoring the organizing effort, welcomed the decision by the Labor Board. Dealers will be able to vote between 8am and 11pm Saturday, and the result is expected in the early hours of Sunday morning. The count will not be certified by the Labor Board until a week later, after either side has a chance to file objections.