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California tribe's workers to negotiate union contract

Casino employees of the Pala Band of Mission Indians will be negotiating a contract with a labor union at the center of a tribal sovereignty fight in California.

The employees voted to join UNITE HERE, which is seeking to organize tribal casino workers on other reservations. The effort has spawned a lawsuit against another union, the Communications Workers of America.

UNITE HERE is behind a controversial case before the National Labor Relations Board that held that tribes who employ non-Indians and affect non-Indians are subject to federal labor laws. Tribes have been lobbying Congress to address the decision.

Get the Story:
Promise broken, suit says (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 5/5)

National Labor Relations Board Decisions:
San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino | Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Relevant Links:
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