The days of Indian tribes doing whatever they well please within their casinos should come to an end. For years now, these tribes have given no respect in regards to laws in the states in which they operate, a situation that needs to be corrected.
The Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, is challenging a recent vote by their dealers to join a union under the United Auto Workers Union.
The dealers have been working way under industry standards, and their decision to join a union is a right afforded to them by law. The only problem is, the tribe for which they work believes they are not subject to follow that law.
The tribe is claiming that they do not have to abide by the National Relations Act. This decision to make their own rules, follows almost every other decision made by tribes across the United States.
They have free reign to do whatever they want on their reservations, never having to answer to any state laws. This has been creating a major problem as of late. Different tribes have tried to gain sovereignty on land across the U.S..
Once they receive the sovereignty, they build their casinos, where non tribal members spend millions of dollars in. Yet they are not subject to the same laws that their patrons must follow.
At Foxwoods, the maintenance workers are now considering unionizing. That is a great idea, except that in the grand scheme of things it will not matter unless the owners of Foxwoods are forced to follow rules.
Rules in which, them, and other tribes nationwide have disregarded for many years. Now is the time for that to change.