Labor Organizers Protest Gaming Compacts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wearing red t-shirts, casino workers and labor leaders rallied for what they say are stronger union protections … Among them was Dawn Douthit who serves drinks at Cache Creek Casino.  She works under a union contract and says other casino workers should have the same benefits:

 “When I first started working there I never got a raise, now I’m guaranteed raises. My health insurance is wonderful.” 

A handful of tribes are seeking to expand their gaming operations in exchange for money to the state.  The agreements are currently being reviewed in the Assembly.

But labor leaders want the agreement to change the way casino workers can organize.  A senior legislative aide says that issue is not on the table.  Instead much of the talk is focused on auditing to make sure the state gets the money it is promised.