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The Mashantucket Pequot tribe will take its fight against unionization to the nation’s capital, as it appeals a ruling that recommended certification of a vote by dealers at Foxwoods casino.

Late last week, an administrative law judge in Hartford ruled that the result of the union election conducted at Foxwoods last November should stand.  Table game dealers at the tribal owned casino voted to affiliate with the United Auto Workers, the first serious move towards unionization at such a major facility.  The ruling dismissed allegations by casino management that the election was invalidated by errors by the National Labor Relations Board, and by alleged intimidation by union supporters.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has not given up the fight, though – they’ll now appeal to the NLRB’s head office in Washington DC, saying they believe their objections still have a great deal of merit.  The tribe disputes the Board’s jurisdiction on the reservation, saying it should not be ruled by federal labor laws.  Instead, it says union supporters should act under tribal labor laws, which have been recently strengthened.  If the tribe is unsuccessful in its latest appeal, it can still take the case to the federal courts.