of Foxwoods employees
called in sick
reported by The Norwich Bulletin
Conn. – "About 400 Foxwoods Resort
Casino workers are estimated to have called in sick Sunday
in protest of what some employees say is an erosion of
worker benefits, Foxwoods Employee Group Council Chairman
Steve Getchell said Monday.
Employee Group Council is made up of 75 employees representing
different departments at Foxwoods, Getchell said. The
group serves as an intermediary, but with little authority
and power, between employees and management.
'sick-out,' or call-out day, was weeks in the planning
by an anonymous source operating madatfoxwoods.com, a
Web site that called for employees to call in sick or
walk out on their New Year's Eve shift, one of the busiest
holidays for the casino…"
West Virginia gambling debate
reported by The West Virginia Herald-Dispatch
As reported by the West Virginia Herald-Dispatch: "The
debate over whether table gambling should be allowed at
West Virginia's four racetracks might come down to who
gets to vote on the decision, a group of panelists said
discussion was part of a legislative lookahead forum sponsored
by the Associated Press at Marshall University's Graduate
College campus in South Charleston.
officials will make another push during the 60-day legislative
session, which begins Wednesday, to allow the four racetrack
counties -- Jefferson, Kanawha, Hancock and Ohio -- to
have local referenda on the table gambling issue.
Dennis] Sparks, a staunch opponent of gambling expansion
in West Virginia as well as the state's reliance on lottery
revenues, said any vote on table gambling must be conducted
Arneault, president of MTR Gaming Group Inc., which runs
the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort in Hancock
County, claimed that provisions in the state constitution
would make a statewide vote nearly impossible…"