UAW Gambles on Casino Workers

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson
uaw gambles on casino workers

The Hartford Courant reports that the United Auto Workers (UAW) has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union vote at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. The petition is part of a plan to organize the casino’s 3000 dealers– a goal that has eluded the UAW for the last 15 years. "We have waited for this day for a long time," says pro-union poker dealer Steve Peloso. According to the Courant, a starting dealer pulls down about $4.50 per hour, plus mucho tips. (Last year Foxwoods banked an estimated $400m in profits.) The Casino drive is part of the UAW’s ongoing and far-reaching effort (freelance writers need apply) to broaden their base in the face of declining membership in the automotive industry.

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  • KixStart KixStart on Oct 01, 2007

    lprocter1982, I would think you would not want to be represented by the UAW. Being top-heavy with older, higher-income workers and retirees, their focus is going to be completely different from yours and I don't think they would do a good job of representing your needs.

  • Grrrarrrg Grrrarrrg on Oct 01, 2007

    I'll be the first to agree that 4.50/hour as a starting wage sucks. but casino dealers get tons of tips, don't they? true, it's based on personal interaction with the customer. perhaps a class on interpersonal communication would be a better use of money... than union dues to the UAW. and seriously... the UAW? what lines of service cross between autoworkers and casino dealers? and if the UAW calls another strike @ Ford and Chevy, does that mean that the Casino will now have to hire temporary dealers to replace those on strike? conversely, what happens when the casino employees want a raise/contract renegotiation? does that mean the 2.8 will also shut down in sympathy? great! come on guys. you want a union... fine. but at least choose one that's related to your line of service

  • Slow_Joe_Crow Slow_Joe_Crow on Oct 01, 2007

    @lprocter1982 the Food and Commercial Workers union(I'm guessing that is your current one) never impressed me much when I worked in stores 25 years ago so perhaps you should look for a new union. SEIU seems a lot more progressive and proactive than some of the older unions.

  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Oct 01, 2007

    They are complaining that they don't get paid enough hourly? Go get a better job then. Its what I did.