Foxwoods dealers form union

Foxwoods Matt brings us the awesome news that 3,000 dealers at Foxwoods beat back a strong anti-union campaign, and have voted to form a union, with the United Auto Workers. This should be great for the workers, and great for the regional economy (including Providence’s, where many Foxwoods employees live) once a contract is secured. And it’ll hopefully spark equivalent efforts at casinos across the country. From the Courant:

Depending on the outcome of a contract for Foxwoods’ dealers — which could be months or years away, and still is not assured — Saturday’s vote could result in union organizing efforts at tribal casinos coast to coast. The vote at Foxwoods is believed to be the first National Labor Relations Board-supervised union election at a tribal casino.

The tribal gaming industry accounts for 670,000 jobs nationally and had gaming revenues last year of an estimated $25.7 billion, according to the National Indian Gaming Association.

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