A hearing before the National Labor Relations Board reconvenes this morning, attempting to settle whether dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino have the right to unionize. WNPRâ€™s Harriet Jones reports.
Officials from the United Auto Workers and leaders from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owners of Foxwoods came face to face in the first day of the hearing Friday. The UAW has signed up a majority of the three thousand dealers at the casino, and is now pressing for a vote on the formation of a union. The tribe meanwhile says itâ€™s passed its own labor law, and is not subject to federal jurisdiction. Labor relations expert Professor Jonathan Cutler of Wesleyan University says the contents of that law could be of interest to the union.
The two sides did agree on the shape of a potential bargaining unit, to include poker, table game and dual rate dealers, but excluding supervisors and clerical staff. The hearing is expected to continue for several days, after which the NLRB will issue a decision on the unionâ€™s petition for a vote.