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Foxwoods Casino Wins Latest Battle With Unions

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Foxwoods Resort Casino is beginning to have a major battle in their efforts to keep their workers from unionizing. After Thursday, the score now stands one for unions, one for Foxwoods.

The engineering department had their turn to vote on Thursday as to whether or not to unionize. The vote did not go the same way the last union vote went at the Foxwoods.

Engineers turned down the option of having union representation by a surprising large number. 215 workers voted against being unionized, while only 67 voted in favor. Foxwoods officials were pleased with the outcome.

“We are pleased with the vote of confidence that employees have given Foxwoods management today. Those team members displayed outstanding professionalism through the entire process and clearly agreed that having an intermediary come between us wasn’t necessary,” said Foxwoods President, Barry Cregan.

That is a bit different than the tune Foxwoods was singing back in November. When dealers voted to unionize, Foxwoods cried foul, and is still contesting the vote in court. When the vote went in their favor on Thursday, they amazingly had no problem with the process.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 thought they had enough workers’ support that they could win in a vote, but they turned out to be overstating the amount of workers who actually wanted their representation.

Casinos Moving To Reward Programs For Frequent Gamblers

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Back in the days when Atlantic City and Las Vegas were the only options for gamblers in the United States, it was common for people who spend large sums of money to be compensated. Usually, those comps included free food and hotel rooms.

In today’s casino gambling, a much more sophisticated system is being used for comps. The system is ever evolving, and the gifts given are of higher quality.

Once again Atlantic City and Las Vegas is leading the charge, but smaller casinos in other areas of the country are catching on. No longer are just rooms and food acceptable to today’s gamblers.

People want to feel like they are receiving something for their money, even when they lose. Many casinos recognize this and have now gone to reward programs that actually have catalogs, with pages and pages of items to chose from.

A player accumulates points based on the amount of money they spend in a casino on the slot machines. Those points are kept track of on a card. When the player accumulates enough points for the item they want, they simply cash in their points.

The system runs similar to that of a frequent flyer program, except in this case, points are awarded on the amount of money spent in a particular casino. The Seminole Indians, and other casino operators that have several casinos in an area, have gamblers accumulating points at any of their locations.

The prizes range from small, to extremely big, say a vacation for two. The prizes are awarded based on how many points a player has. The higher the point total, the larger the prize.

With the economy in a tailspin, casinos are providing just a bit of relief for customers who spend their money at their facilities.

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