NLRB probes union allegations at Mashantucket casino

The National Labor Relations Board is investigating allegations of union intimidation at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut.

The investigation will take six to eight weeks, an NLRB official in Connecticut said. The board will then determine whether to proceed with a complaint against the tribe and its Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The United Auto Workers is trying to organize casino employees. One table game dealer was reportedly suspended as a result of the effort but reinstated after the union filed the NLRB complaint.

Tribes and their businesses weren't subject to federal labor law for over 30 years. But the NLRB said it would look at each situation on a case-by-case basis, with the major factor being the number of non-Indian employees and whether the business affects non-Indians.

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