Foxwoods cleaning, maintenance workers vote to join union

Mashantucket — Workers who clean Foxwoods Resort Casino voted Friday to join a labor union, the New England Joint Board of Unite Here announced Friday night.

The vote was 163 to 131. Voting took place throughout the day and was conducted by the Mashantucket Employment Rights Office.

The union represents hospitality, gaming and manufacturing workers in New England.

The workers began organizing with the New England Joint Board more than a year ago, saying they had concerns about their working conditions. The predominantly immigrant workforce cited the threat of outsourcing as a prime motivating factor.

Unite Here became the fifth union to represent workers employed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods.

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