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Union leaders seeking to organize dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board.  They say they have enough signatures to force a vote on the issue. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

This is the latest move in a four month long campaign by the United Auto Workers to bring a union to the tribal casino.  There are three thousand dealers at Foxwoods, and the union says it has the signatures of the 30 percent it needs in order to request that the National Labor Relations Board hold a vote.  Mary Johnson has been a blackjack dealer at Foxwoods for 14 years – she’s been active in signing up colleagues.

Very few tribal casino workers around the country are organized, but a federal appeals court decision earlier this year ruled that the National Labor Relations Board does have jurisdiction over the tribes.  Foxwoods has vigorously resisted the UAW’s attempts, and the union’s regional director Bob Madore told workers he expects that to continue.

Foxwoods owner, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe issued a statement saying it still believes a union is not in the best interests of its employees, and it does not believe the federal labor laws apply to the tribe.  But it says it will review and respond to the petition.