Frequently Asked Questions


Please see this page on this website for information on the unionization process.

If you want to help bring the union to Foxwoods, please fill out the form found here.

Right now, without a union, employment laws heavily favor your employer, not you. For example, did you know that under the law you are an “at will” employee, and can be fired for no good reason at all? Labor laws also permit the employer to change work rules and compensation packages on a whim. As a worker without a union, you have very few protections, and little or no job security.

 

With a union, that’s not the case. You will have a legally binding contract that will guarantee your working conditions, compensation, and benefits.

Unions are all about workers joining together to improve their jobs. The U.S. Government gives workers the right to form or join a labor union of their choosing in order to improve their working conditions. Each year, hundreds of thousands of workers successfully organize a union where they work.

 

Labor unions are built on the simple principle of solidarity, or unity, between workers. By sticking together, organizing to solve common problems, and pooling their financial resources, workers can do far more to improve their working conditions than they can individually. The proof of this comes from government statistics.

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, union workers have a weekly median income over $160 more than non-union workers. That translates into $8,320 more each year for union members. Union members also enjoy more vacation time, health coverage, sick time—and a host of other benefits too numerous to mention—compared to their non-union counterparts.

 

Unions are democratic organizations, run by members who elect other members to lead the organization. Any existing member that has the drive and motivation can participate in their union to help build it and make it stronger.

Foxwoods will certainly try to convince you of this. But what they won’t tell you is that the job protections, benefits, and compensation packages a union contract provides far outweigh what you’ll spend on dues.  The simple facts are that you will not pay anything until your contract is voted on by the membership.  You will never pay any initiation fees or fines.  Dues will be $7.00 per week for part time workers, and $9.00 per week for full time workers.

 

Remember, it doesn’t cost you money to belong to a union, IT PAYS!

Be sure to tell them that 98% of all contract negotiations are settled without a strike. Also, workers must vote to strike before it will happen. If they don’t want to go on strike, they can vote against it. And the union leadership will recommend a strike only if they think the strike can be won.

 

Strikes are very costly for companies and, just like workers, they will do anything to avoid them. So it’s in everyone’s best insterest to reach a fair agreement and settle the contract without a strike and that’s why they often are.

We guarantee that you’ll pay no dues money until your negotiating committee wins a contract the workers vote to accept. If the contract is rejected by members because they don’t think it’s worth the dues, the negotiating committee will go back to the negotiating table to try to win more concessions from the company. This is how the workers can guarantee themselves a contract that’s worth it.

You keep warning us that all the union wants is our dues money. Why is the company suddenly so concerned about how I spend my own money?

 

If the union really can’t get anything from the company for us, then why are you assaulting us with anti-union propaganda to try to get us to vote down the union?

 

It seems that something very real is at stake for the company.

 

Why do you insist on talking about corruption from other unions? What does that have to do with IBEW Local 99, the union that will represent us?

It is the decision of the Union negotiating committee, made up of Foxwoods workers, to determine what should be included in a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Examples are job security, health care benefits,  retiree and pension benefits, and working conditions.

Companies do not go out of business because the employees are represented by a Union or because the workers are being treated fairly. Companies close because of industry conditions and poor management.  Having a union simply means that you will be fairly compensated for your hard work, and that your job, wages, and benefits will be protected.  

 No Union dues are paid until the contract has been negotiated by your elected negotiating team and ratified by all of the affected members. Union dues are used for administration fees, legal fees, economists, actuaries, public relations and labor consultants who are used to enforce the terms of the contract and put the union members on the same playing field as companies. For example, all companies use actuaries to project increases in healthcare, cost of living and pension benefits for the next term of the contract. It is the company’s best interest to retain as much of the money in order to pay for executive level employment contract and shareholder dividends. Therefore, in order to accurately assess the company proposals for these specialized costs, the Union employs the same type of strategies to assess the Company’s proposal and provide a comprehensive counter proposals. This ensures a balanced negotiations to allow for the union workers to receive a fair and equitable contract. 

 

Companies also pay dues to many associations and for representation to further their interests. The Union acts in the same capacity.