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Foxwoods Tells Union It's Cutting 80 Dealer Positions

The Day, New London
Foxwoods cutting 80 dealer positions,

The management of Foxwoods Resort Casino told the union representing the casino's dealers on Monday that it will eliminate more than 80 positions.

In a memo distributed to members of Local 2121 of the United Auto Workers, the union says management will cut 62 table-games positions and 22 poker positions in the third round of downsizing to hit the union this year. No timetable for the impending layoffs was given.

Foxwoods eliminated some 70 dealers' positions in the spring, a few months after laying off about 125 dealers. The impending layoffs are related to further changes in Foxwoods' Rainmaker Casino area, according to the memo.

As of June, slot machines and some table games in Rainmaker Casino have been closed on weekdays.

Foxwoods also has announced that it will redevelop a portion of the Rainmaker Casino beginning Nov. 21.

During a transition phase, some Rainmaker areas will remain open, including a newly created nonsmoking slots area consisting of about 500 slot machines, as well as Asian and domestic table games, racebook, poker room, tournament poker tables and tournament slot machines.

The 62 table-games positions to be eliminated include 12 dual-rates — dealers who serve at times in supervisory roles — 35 full-time dealers and 15 part-time dealers. In the poker department, two dual rates and 20 full-time dealers' positions will be cut.

Management will offer severance packages to volunteers before imposing involuntary layoffs.

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