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Casino boss told to butt out of button rumpus

National Labor Relations Board spanks Casino Pauma

If only everybody in the casino could be so lucky.
If only everybody in the casino could be so lucky.

On Tuesday (March 31), the National Labor Relations Board, which monitors unfair labor practices, told Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley that it has to rescind anti-union practices such as prohibiting employees from wearing union buttons.

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777 Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley, CA

In 2013, organizers from UniteHere, a union representing hotel and food service workers, attempted to organize Pauma workers, who complained, among other things, that they had not received wage increases for several years. Food servers, slot-machine technicians, and others began wearing small UniteHere buttons on their uniforms.

Pauma passed out a memo telling employees that the personnel handbook prohibited the wearing of buttons and pins on their uniforms, other than their identification badges. The handbook warned that employees could be disciplined for defying these instructions.

The labor relations board ruled on March 31 that Pauma must post a notice telling employees that they may join a union and wear union buttons, and the handbook rule banning employees from wearing union insignia will be rescinded. I could not reach UniteHere officials for comment.

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On Tuesday (March 31), the National Labor Relations Board, which monitors unfair labor practices, told Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley that it has to rescind anti-union practices such as prohibiting employees from wearing union buttons.

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Casino Pauma

777 Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley, CA

In 2013, organizers from UniteHere, a union representing hotel and food service workers, attempted to organize Pauma workers, who complained, among other things, that they had not received wage increases for several years. Food servers, slot-machine technicians, and others began wearing small UniteHere buttons on their uniforms.

Pauma passed out a memo telling employees that the personnel handbook prohibited the wearing of buttons and pins on their uniforms, other than their identification badges. The handbook warned that employees could be disciplined for defying these instructions.

The labor relations board ruled on March 31 that Pauma must post a notice telling employees that they may join a union and wear union buttons, and the handbook rule banning employees from wearing union insignia will be rescinded. I could not reach UniteHere officials for comment.

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Hmm. Isn't this at odds with Indian "sovereignty?" We are so often told that usual laws of employment can be ignored by the tribes/bands because they are sovereign. I'm gettin' confused here for sure. Of course, when it suits the tribes/bands, they invoke their special status, but when it comes to government benefits and influencing local elections, well, then it's different, according to them.

Casino Pauma is, according to its advertising and marketing, "your casino." Funny thing, I never, ever wanted a casino of my own. Guess I'm just strange.

April 4, 2015

Visduh: Yes, the tribes invoke sovereignty on some occasions and don't on others. According to the suit, the NLRB has long asserted power over tribes. Best, Don Bauder

April 4, 2015

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