Foxwoods thins ranks of table game supervisors, sources say

Mashantucket - About 20 table-games supervisors at Foxwoods Resort Casino accepted severance packages this month amid management's ongoing effort to restructure the casino's work force, according to casino sources.

Those who accepted the packages left the casino in the last week or two, the sources said.

Foxwoods management did not respond to questions about the downsizing or whether it would be coupled at some point with a reduction in the number of table games the casino operates.

The sources, who provided information on the condition they not be named, said the employees who left were "full floors" who typically supervise table games and never serve as dealers. Their job is to ensure that proper procedures are followed, the sources said.

"Basically, they maintain the integrity of the game," one source said.

Full floors are not members of the UAW, the union that represents some 2,200 table-games dealers at Foxwoods and which is negotiating its second contract with Foxwoods management.

The first contract expired Dec. 31.

Foxwoods management confirmed last month that 19 employees were laid off in a restructuring of the casino's engineering department. Fourteen other members of the department were promoted to supervisory positions, the casino said.

In addition, according to employees who asked to remain anonymous, another 33 members of the department accepted severance packages.

The 14 employees who were promoted to supervisory positions had to relinquish their union affiliation, the employees said.

Local 30 of the International Union of Operating Engineers represents the department's non-management employees.

Department members include plumbers, carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, landscapers, millwrights, painters, locksmiths and power plant workers.

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