Labor board says Foxwoods retaliated against union

August 29, 2008 8:32:35 AM PDT
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint alleging Foxwoods Resort Casino broke the law by retaliating against a new union and refusing to bargain in good faith. The United Auto Workers won a union election last November to represent nearly 3,000 dealers. The NLRB certified the UAW in June, rejecting an appeal by Foxwoods.

The NLRB, in a complaint dated Thursday, said the eastern Connecticut casino refused to promote dealers, changed its medical leave procedures and eliminated coat hooks and chairs from employee cafeteria restrooms because its employees formed the union.

"It's outrageous," 15-year dealer Mary Johnson said in a statement. "While everyone celebrates Labor Day, we have Foxwoods management repeatedly violating our rights as if it is above the law. Foxwoods should obey the law and sit down with us and negotiate a contract."

The findings now go before an administrative law judge in Hartford for a hearing on Nov. 17. NLRB is seeking an order for back pay and other relief for the employees.

Foxwoods had no immediate comment Friday.

The UAW says it's the third complaint NLRB has issued against Foxwoods since the dealers organized. The casino has challenged the jurisdiction of the NLRB, saying Foxwoods is run by the sovereign Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

In its latest complaint, the NLRB charges that Foxwoods coerced employees who are union supporters, a violation of the federally guaranteed right to workplace organizing. Foxwoods also punished an employee who criticized management at an employee meeting, the complaint alleges.