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.