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Union slams Democrats who supported Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Union slams Democrats who supported Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (January 23, 2018)
A prominent labor union plans to punish Democrats who voted for a bill that exempts tribes and their enterprises from federal labor law.

Morongo Band accused of treating casino employees unfairly amid labor dispute
California
Morongo Band accused of treating casino employees unfairly amid labor dispute (December 6, 2017)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is in a dispute with a labor union that's representing employees at the tribe's casino in southern California.

Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda
Legislation
Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda (March 30, 2017)
Tribal leaders called on Congress to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country.

Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings
Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), whose top staffer is a tribal citizen, thinks the bill can finally become law.

Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again
Legislation
Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again (February 8, 2017)
Some Democrats on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs objected to a bill that shields tribes and their casinos from federal labor law.

Mashantucket Tribe reaches contract with labor union at casino
Connecticut
Mashantucket Tribe reaches contract with labor union at casino (December 13, 2016)
The United Auto Workers was the first union to organize at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year (October 18, 2016)
Tribes have been seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino
California
Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino (October 12, 2016)
The loss is the latest in a string of decisions that tribes say threatens their sovereignty.

Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities
California | Compacts | Legislation
Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities (September 26, 2016)
Three tribes that operate some of the largest casinos in the state have adopted the Tribal Labor Relations Ordinance.

Lytton Band in negotiations for new agreement with labor union
California
Lytton Band in negotiations for new agreement with labor union (August 30, 2016)
Employees at the San Pablo Lytton Casino are seeking higher wages and better health and family leave protections.

Eight tribes push for passage of new gaming compacts in California
Casino Stalker | Compacts
Eight tribes push for passage of new gaming compacts in California (August 10, 2016)
The Class III agreements include provisions that address revenue sharing and labor unions.

Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute
California | Legislation | Litigation
Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute (June 27, 2016)
Indian Country rallied after two Michigan tribes lost their labor law cases but the nation's highest court won't be taking up the matter.

Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute
Legislation | Litigation
Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute (May 31, 2016)
A broad coalition of tribal organizations and even two states are arguing that federal labor law should not be imposed in Indian Country.

Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (December 2, 2015)
Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon was one of 24 Democrats who voted in favor of a bill that treats tribes the same as other governments under the National Labor Relations Act.

House gears up for consideration of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Litigation
House gears up for consideration of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (October 27, 2015)
The bill shields tribes and their enterprises, mainly gaming facilities, from federal labor law.

Key Democrat defends support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Litigation | Meetings
Key Democrat defends support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (October 20, 2015)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) blasted a labor union for running ads that she called 'racist' and 'blatantly anti-Indian."

Chukchansi Tribe aims to reopen shuttered casino next month
California | NIGC | Openings & Closings
Chukchansi Tribe aims to reopen shuttered casino next month (August 17, 2015)
A leadership dispute on the reservation led to the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, California, in October 2014.

House committee markup for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
House committee markup for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (July 20, 2015)
The bill exempts tribes and their casinos from the National Labor Relations Act.

Rep. McCollum vows support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings
Rep. McCollum vows support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 29, 2015)
The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus is the first prominent Democrat to announce her backing for the bill.

Appropriations bill blocks federal labor law at tribal businesses
Legislation
Appropriations bill blocks federal labor law at tribal businesses (June 22, 2015)
Efforts to shield tribal casinos from the National Labor Relations Act are stirring passions on Capitol Hill.

House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 15, 2015)
The bill to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exercising jurisdiction in Indian Country is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Union won't appeal decision in Chickasaw Nation casino dispute
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Union won't appeal decision in Chickasaw Nation casino dispute (June 12, 2015)
The National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over the WinStar World Casino and Resort due to the tribe's treaty rights.

Senate committee passes bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB
Legislation | Litigation
Senate committee passes bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB (June 11, 2015)
Union members gathered on Capitol Hill in protest of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act.

Cowlitz Tribe aims to start construction on casino later in year
Casino Stalker | Litigation
Cowlitz Tribe aims to start construction on casino later in year (April 28, 2015)
The Cowlitz Casino and Entertainment Resort has been delayed by litigation but construction could start later this year with union hands.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe won't comply with NLRB casino order
Litigation | Regulation
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe won't comply with NLRB casino order (November 14, 2014)
The tribe says it will continue fighting in the federal court system.

NLRB reaffirms jurisdiction at Saginaw Chippewa Tribe casino
Litigation | Regulation
NLRB reaffirms jurisdiction at Saginaw Chippewa Tribe casino (November 6, 2014)
The tribe was ordered to reinstate a casino employee who had been suspended for trying to organize a union.

NLRB reaffirms jurisdiction over Little River Band gaming facility
Litigation | Regulation
NLRB reaffirms jurisdiction over Little River Band gaming facility (September 17, 2014)
The tribe was ordered to stop enforcing its own set of labor laws on casino employees.

Chumash Tribe to use labor unions for all work on casino project
California | Openings & Closings | Public Relations
Chumash Tribe to use labor unions for all work on casino project (September 17, 2014)
The tribe plans to add a 12-story hotel, more gaming space, new food and beverage venues and a parking garage as part of a $160 million expansion.

Supreme Court ruling affects NLRB proceedings at tribal casinos
Litigation | Regulation
Supreme Court ruling affects NLRB proceedings at tribal casinos (August 7, 2014)
The Chickasaw Nation, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians have been on the losing end of a sovereignty dispute.

Employees at Graton Rancheria casino to negotiate labor deal
California
Employees at Graton Rancheria casino to negotiate labor deal (July 30, 2014)
The gaming company that manages the facility doesn't plan to be involved in talks.

Employees at Graton Rancheria casino vote to join labor union
California
Employees at Graton Rancheria casino vote to join labor union (July 23, 2014)
The Unite Here union will represent about half of the workforce at the facility.

NLRB judge allows Pauma casino workers to wear union buttons
California
NLRB judge allows Pauma casino workers to wear union buttons (June 30, 2014)
Employees were told they could be disciplined for wearing pro-union buttons.

Graton Rancheria welcomes union election for casino employees
California | Compacts
Graton Rancheria welcomes union election for casino employees (June 18, 2014)
Unions were included in the tribe's Class III gaming compact.

Column: Tackling employment rights at tribal gaming facilities
Opinion
Column: Tackling employment rights at tribal gaming facilities (June 17, 2014)
Attorney Donna Ballman discusses employment rights at tribal casinos.

Mashantucket Tribe to eliminate 125 employees at casino
Connecticut
Mashantucket Tribe to eliminate 125 employees at casino (January 23, 2014)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plans to lay off 125 casino employees, a union that represents table game dealers said.

Tips stolen after Mashantucket Tribe's poker tournament
Connecticut
Tips stolen after Mashantucket Tribe's poker tournament (January 17, 2014)
A well-known poker tournament photographer and videographer was charged for stealing tips at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut.

Mohegan Tribe works with unions for Massachusetts casino
Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Mohegan Tribe works with unions for Massachusetts casino (January 7, 2014)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is signed agreements with two unions for its proposed commercial casino in Massachusetts.

Graton Rancheria welcomes union to organize at $825M casino
California | Openings & Closings
Graton Rancheria welcomes union to organize at $825M casino (November 8, 2013)
There won't be any labor union battles at the $825 million casino opened by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California this week.

IPR: Court to hear union dispute at Little River Band's casino
Litigation
IPR: Court to hear union dispute at Little River Band's casino (October 8, 2013)
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments today in a dispute over a union at the casino owned by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan.

Card dealers approve union contract with  Mashantucket Tribe
Connecticut
Card dealers approve union contract with Mashantucket Tribe (September 3, 2013)
Card dealers at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut approved a new union contract. The contract with the Local 2121 of the United Auto Workers includes raises retroactive to 2012. It also includes raises for...

Mashantucket Tribe reaches deal with union for casino workers
Connecticut
Mashantucket Tribe reaches deal with union for casino workers (August 8, 2013)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has reached a deal with a labor union that represents card dealers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The deal with Local 2121 of the United Auto Workers is subject to a ratification vote...

Mashantucket Tribe still working on deal with     casino union
Connecticut
Mashantucket Tribe still working on deal with casino union (June 14, 2013)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is still working on a contract with a labor union. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union represents about 365 employees at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Talks have been going for two years, the...

Employees at casino owned by Pauma Band want to unionize
California | Compacts
Employees at casino owned by Pauma Band want to unionize (April 25, 2013)
Employees of the casino owned by the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians in California are trying to unionize. Union supporters signed up 149 Casino Pauma employees for Unite Here Local 30. That represents more than half of the employees at...

NLRB asserts jurisdiction at Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's casino
Litigation | Regulation
NLRB asserts jurisdiction at Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's casino (April 18, 2013)
The casino operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan falls under federal labor law, according to the agency.

Court ruling on Pauma Band compact affected union provision
California | Compacts | Litigation
Court ruling on Pauma Band compact affected union provision (April 18, 2013)
A federal judge invalidated a Class III gaming compact for the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians of California last month, a ruling that affected how unions organize at the tribe's casino. The tribe no longer has to remain neutral on...

Union wants city's support in dispute  at Lytton Band casino
California | Regulation
Union wants city's support in dispute at Lytton Band casino (April 2, 2013)
The city of San Pablo, California, is being urged to support a labor union in a dispute with the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. The United Here Local 2850 won a National Labor Relations Board ruling that said the tribe...

Little River Band won't accept NLRB jurisdiction over casino
Regulation
Little River Band won't accept NLRB jurisdiction over casino (March 22, 2013)
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is vowing to fight the National Labor Relations Board over a union dispute at its casino. In a decision issued on Monday, the NLRB asserted jurisdiction over the Little River Casino Resort even...

NLRB judge rules against Lytton Band in casino union dispute
California
NLRB judge rules against Lytton Band in casino union dispute (March 18, 2013)
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in California has engaged in unfair labor practices at its casino, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled. Unite Here Local 2850 lodged several complaints at the San Pablo Lytton Casino. Workers...

Mashantucket Tribe close to a new contract with union at casino
Connecticut
Mashantucket Tribe close to a new contract with union at casino (March 13, 2013)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is close to a new contract with a labor union that represents card dealers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The first contract with the United Auto Workers expired in September 2011. The tribe...

Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit   takes place in Seattle
Meetings | NIGC
Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit takes place in Seattle (December 13, 2012)
The 10th annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit kicks off today in Seattle, Washington. Featured speakers include Kevin Washburn, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Tracie Stevens, the chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Hot topics...

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