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Join us on September 6th in New York City for the Labor Day Parade!

Spring Hill, Tenn. – Today, in a victory for Tennessee’s workers and families, UAW International Union and Local 1853 joined with General Motors executives to announce the Cadillac SRX as one of two future mid-size vehicles set for manufacturing at the Spring Hill plant, as well as a $185 million investment at the Spring Hill Complex for a new Small Displacement Ecotec Engine program. Today’s news means that GM will retain... Read more >>>

Join us on Saturday, September 6th for the awesome NYC Labor Day Parade!

 

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UAW Region 9A Veterans Council Helps Vets in Puerto Rico

UAW Region 9A Veterans Council Chairman Pat Mulholland presents a $500 check to the San Juan, PR VA Voluntary Services. It will be used exclusively for outings for veterans who are living at the VA facility.

DETROIT — UAW President Dennis Williams issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces: 
 
“I commend President Obama for signing an executive order that will hold companies that receive significant taxpayer dollars more accountable for their actions. Thanks to President Obama’s bold move, companies that repeatedly violate worker rights and workplace safety standards will no longer... Read more >>>

DETROIT – The UAW responded today to the reaction of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) management to being found guilty of violations of U.S. federal labor law.
 
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said, “It is clear that Daimler has acted with hostility and in direct contempt of its neutrality policy in its dealing with pro-union workers at its Alabama plant in Tuscaloosa.  It’s deplorable that Mercedes was found in violation of U.S. law and then publicly claimed it as a victory and an example of its neutral pledge.”
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Local 2179 Strand Bookstore members are proud to be UAW!

Proud Strand Bookstore UAW members!

Video: Welcome to UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga, Tennessee!

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today announced the formation of UAW Local 42, a new local union providing representation for employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Organized by Volkswagen employees, Local 42 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace through the German automaker’s “works council” approach to employee engagement. Volkswagen’s business model is premised on employee representation, and Local 42 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join.

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“Earlier this year, the UAW was gratified to earn the confidence and support of many Volkswagen team members,” said Dennis Williams, president of the UAW. “At that time, we said we would not give up on these committed and hard-working employees. We’re keeping our promise.”

Every two years, UAW Region 9A Connecticut CAP Council, embarks on a candidate endorsement process that seeks to support candidates for political office at the federal, state and local level who have shown their commitment to issues that matter to UAW Region 9A members.

Governor Dan Malloy visited the UAW Region 9A office in Farmington on June 17, 2014. 

 

UAW Local 376 Member Jerry Deveau shares about his union

Jerry Deveau works at Colt Manufacturing

ELECTION FOR THE UAW LOCAL 2121 DELEGATES & VP POSITIONS

Tomorrow 4/5 & 4/6 our election for the UAW Local 2121 Delegates and VP positions will be held with the run off dates being 4/12 & 4/13

Voting on the Foxwoods side will be held in the old dry cleaning room at the employee enterance. Voting on the Fox Towers side ( MGM ) will be held at the scheduling office

I would like to wish all candidates all my best and good luck too all

April 5th & 6th

1)  George Taylor ----  Greetings, Local 2121 Brothers and Sisters. To continue my contribution to building our union, I am running for the position of Constitutional Convention Delegate. In this position I would serve our local by representing all of you at the UAW Constitutional Convention.
As your representative there I can bring forward our concerns facing dealers in the workplace as well as rally support for further organizing and strengthening of dealers across the country. I would strive to further the efforts to bring the smoking issue to the national stage as a nationwide ban to protect the health of all dealers. As to the issue of the proposed dues increase, I belief that the majority of you are against it and that is a position I will support 100% regardless of outside influences. I intend to interact with the other dealer reps from AC & Detroit to further those causes.
Having served the last 5 years as toke chairman I have been able to interact with all shifts and feel I can best represent the majority interests. I wish to thank all of you for your past support and look forward to continuing my service to building ourselves a strong union.

2)  Arthur Anderson

3)  Sharon Hauff ----  With your vote I will be proud to represent your voice and our Union as a Delegate. Thank you!

4)  John Delmonte ---- The biggest item on this years agenda is to increase our union dues about 25% to the UAW International. If elected as a Delegate to the Union's Constitutional Convention, I will use all 6 of my votes and vote NO!!! This will also be a great opportunity to try and gather, not only support, but a strong commitment for help from our International, in our on going fight with the Smoking Issue here. Thank You: John

5)  Rob Gaudiano

6)  Dave Sherman

7)  Eric Harriott

8)  Karina Whitaker ---- "For anyone who doesn't know me, I have been at Foxwoods for nearly ten years. In that time, I have been on the Toke Committee, part of the Organizing team for the union, and a shop steward on Swing Shift. I spend my time trying to improve the work environment for my fellow employees, and have always welcomed coworkers coming to me to discuss any problems.

Being Delegate will require a lot of talking... talking to local members to give information and receive their input, as well as networking with delegates from other locals. Volunteering my time to the Union the last number of years has given me the chance to refine my networking skills, as well as teaching me the importance of doing my best for my coworkers. I am confident in my ability to take our members' opinions to the National and present them to others in a clear manner.

I hope you will consider voting for me as Delegate, to represent you, and all members of our Local, at the National Convention. Please feel free to visit if you see me in the caf if you have any questions or concerns."

 

April 5th & 6th

1)  Dave Sherman

2)  Eric Harriott

3)  Don Scelza ----  I am proud to Announce that I am running for Vice President of our union (2121) and I am asking you for your support
I have worked at FW for 22 yrs. dealer and dual-rate. I have seen a lot of "CHANGE". Now I have an opportunity to be part of the "CHANGE “with your support. I am a people person very approachable for ideas Grievances and concerns.
I will listen, I will be your voice and we will be "HEARD" With recent layoff we need to stay strong as one and bring "SOLIDARITY" back to our union "CHANGE “We need to get along to make Foxwoods a better workplace for all employees but never lose sight of are "SOLIDARITY and CHANGE"
My concern as Vice President I believe in all dealers deserve a living wages And affordable healthcare A better force out Policy /or no more force outs /4hrs.payKeep the401k with the 3%matchNO MORE LAYOFF ON THIS CONTRACT And bargain on the new contract all of the above
X. = VOTE BOX 3 DON B SCELZA FOR CHANGE
VOTE =DON B SCELZA = CHANGE & SOLIDARITY
THANK-YOU
SINCERELY
DON B. SCELZA
The choose is yours for CHANGE.

4)  Andrea Goodrich ---- I am a 10 yr swing shift dealer who works hard in every aspect of my job. I have spent the last few months trying to educate myself on the goings on within the Union and share what I have learned with others. I volunteered countless hours to help our membership understand both the Wellness Plan and the lay off process as well as voluntarily co-writing the Local's February newsletter to bring information to our membership who are not online. I am also currently awaiting the next Steward training.
My Goals as Vice President:
To create better communication between the membership and the Union so all members receive accurate information and the membership has a voice.
To educate the membership in how the Union operates, to avoid the animosity that has been created when there is not an immediate resolution to problems within the casino.
To bring new ideas to the Union, after all everyone's life is different and brings a new perspective into all situations.
To break down the walls between our subdepartments and bring us together as one union
My philosophy
WHEN WE HAVE EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION WE BECOME ONE AND ARE HARD TO DIVIDE.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

5)  Clyde Hurd ----  Dear, Team Members I Clyde Hurd want to represent you in the office of Vice President of our union local 2121. I am a 22 year employee of Foxwoods a former employee group council member, toke committee member and spirit award winner. As an original union organizing member my dedication passion and desire is second to none. I feel at this time I need to get back involved with our union. Therefore I graciously ask for your vote for office of Vice President. Allow me to bring trust respect dignity and unity to our organization. I promise you will not be disappointed with my abilities to represent all of us. Therefore I ask for you to vote Clyde Hurd Vice President.

6)  Tina Denson

 

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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS / THE DAILY TOKE & WEEKEND DAYS OFF

# 1: If I have a weekend day off pair now, will I be able to keep it?

Not necessarily. If the daily toke is approved, there will be a day-off rebid within 45-75 days. If you currently have a weekend day off pair (Fri/Sat, Sat/Sun, Sun/Mon), you can be involuntarily bumped if someone with higher seniority bids for your day off pair.

#2: If I don’t have a weekend day off pair, will I be able to pick one up?

No—unless you have enough seniority to bump out someone who has a weekend day off pair now.

Any weekend day off pairs voluntarily relinquished by a dealer or dual rate who decides to work weekends will not be offered to anyone else, unless that dealer or dual rate leaves Foxwoods. Even then, management will not necessarily have to offer that weekend day off pair for rebid if the total number of weekend day off pairs meets or exceeds the minimum percentage required by the contract.

#3: If I voluntarily give up my weekend day off pair, will I be able to get it back?

Possibly. Under the contract, if the daily toke passes, in one year, the Union will have the right to request another day-off rebid. It is not guaranteed that the Union will request a rebid. If the Union does request a rebid, then you may be able to get your weekend day off pair back—unless you are outbid by a more senior dealer/dual rate who wants that day off pair. If Foxwoods is at or above the minimum percentage of weekend day off pairs at the time of the rebid, it is unclear whether you would be able to get your day off pair back (this is an issue on which management and the Union may disagree).

#4: If I work weekends now, will I be able to keep working weekends if the daily toke rate passes?

Not necessarily. Management’s theory is that a daily toke will motivate more full-time dealers to work on weekends and that it will lead to lower call-out rates on weekends.

If management is right, fewer part-time dealers will be needed to work weekends. Some part-time dealers will end up being scheduled for weekday shifts, instead of weekends. Others who continue to be scheduled for weekends will be more likely to be forced out.

Road Race Update / Norwich Winterfest 5k
I am pleased to announce that the Norwich Winterfest 5k is moving forward and will be held on Nov. 30th @ 11:00 a.m.

The UAW Local 2121 has partnered up with the United Way Food Bank and will be selling chowder and coffee with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. This is very special in that we can help provide meals during the holiday season for the needy in Southeastern Ct. Anyone wishing to volunteer please contact the union office @ 860-892-9191. The Hartford marathon Foundation is also looking for volunteers to help man the race in order to make this event a very special experience for the city of Norwich.

This race will be administrated by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and subsidized by the Reliance House Inc. also located here in Norwich, Ct with all proceeds benefitting this agency and the people they serve within our area.

The support from the community has been amazing in that the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, NFA, City Police, Norwich Winterfest Parade & Norwich Bulletin are all committed to putting on a first class event of which we will all be proud of.

Two of the state’s top two runners in Will Sanders and Sam Alexander have committed to running, in hope that they can win the top prize of $200. 2nd place is $100 and 3rd $50. Prize money will be awarded in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

In the future, we as Local 2121 are looking forward to branching out and getting involved with other forms of sponsorships. This will integrate us into the community and allow for us to shed light on our union and what we are about and trying to accomplish

Posted by Billy.

Please help in supporting our fellow brothers and sisters at Goddard College in signing the Goddard Faculty and Staff Solidarity Letter

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Thank you / Posted by Billy

 

www.mediafire.com/view/ijr3ba0jnuinppw/CONTRACT.docx

Membership Meeting Scheduled For 10/09

To be held at the Union Office @ 2 Cliff St. Norwich, Ct
Meetings To Be At The Following Time

8:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Please remember this is our / your union.

Posted by Billy

Scheduling Has Gone Remote & Live

We have been informed by management that the new scheduling live enhancement is now active

The new and improved home scheduling system has now gone live.

https://scheduling.foxwoods.com/my.policy

Posted by Billy

The upcoming United Way Holiday Food Drive will commence with Dave Sherman spearheading this event. It's a great event in that we are helping many under privileged families in celebrating the upcoming holidays.

We will be providing further information as we get closer to kicking off this campaign.

I want my fellow employees to know that if you’re feeling isolated, there are options for you within our company. Feel free to contact the Employee Assistance Program ( EAP ) @ 888-277-0007

Also, I will be in touch with the UAW EAP program to see if they can further assist our employees during the time of need.

Posted by Billy

It was brought to my attention today by management that at MGM some dealers are defying the contract language when it comes to beards now being allowed @ MGM. It's not so much that they are concerned about the length guidelines, its how they are being maintained. Please keep them neat as we don't want to make a big issues out of this.

Thank you

Billy

It is very sad to report that one of our fellow dealers, Michael Lea has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's friends and family.

Posted by Billy

Retro checks will be available  this friday for employees whom have direct deposit. Employees with live checks will obtain there retro as a regular live check on monday. With the checks will come information concerning the wellness program.

Posted by Billy

Update on the retro check

I was informed by management that the checks will be released next week. They want to make sure that all employees hours are calculated perfectly.

Also with this retro check will be information on the release of the new wellness program.

I have also been informed that if any employee who goes through the swipe process in the cafe and does not see what they want or like they may swipe again. But you MUST first speak to the Head Chef on duty.

Posted by Billy

 When the retro check are distributed we will also be provided information on the wellness program and all the particulars associated with it.

NO we do not have any further info on when they will be issued. I can assure all that when we are notified I will provide the release date.

Posted by Billy

I have just received an email from management concerning the licensing renewal concerns we have with the MGM side. The response I obtained stated that as soon they can they will have a representative on this side to handle this process for our employees.

Posted by Billy

 

An update from the scheduling office. Approximately 30% of grave shift on the MGM side and 70% at Foxwoods. We have been informed that next week there will be some licensing personal over on the MGM side for swing shift. I know it's not a perfect situation or world but we are doing our best to keep everyone in the loop on this issue.

Posted by Billy

It has been brought to my attention by Chief Steward Chris Messenger that we are in need of Stewards at MGM and on swing shift on both sides. Anyone interested please contact Chris @ local2121cm@gmail.com or call the office @ 860-892-9191

Posted by Billy

Eric Harriett is looking for 3 fellow poker dealers to collect tokes during the poker tournaments. Anyone interested please contact the office @ 860-892-9191

Thank you,

Billy

Please Do Not Contact Payroll In Regards To The Retro Check. This Is Something That Is Being Dealt With By The Attorneys And Has Nothing To Do With Payroll.

We Here At The Office Will Be The First Notified When The Checks Will Become Available.

Any Questions Pertaining To This Issue, Please Call The Office @ 860-892-9191

Thank you,

Billy
 

 It's with great sadness that we must report the passing of long time Foxwoods Dealer Katie Dion Vacca. She was such a sweet and highly energetic young lady whom will be sadly missed by all.

Out thoughts and prayers are with her children, and family members.

Rest in peace Katie

Posted by Billy

After Contract Concerns And Questions

We have had numerous calls and comments concerning the contract and what is going on with it. I will highlight the major issues that have been brought to our attention:

1) The biggest question of all is the retro check. When will we be getting it? Our Attorney Dan Livingston is working with management to resolve this ASAP. It will be computed by the actual hours that you worked for the weeks from March 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013.

2) When does the contract go into effect? The contract goes immediately into effect once we notified management of our
decision.

3) Facial hair? Some employees from the MGM side have asked the question, when can we begin to grow our hair? The policy states that you must grow it on your own time and in accordance with the contract. Please use common sense with this issue.

4) When and how does the new medical plan go into effect? This is something that the company will implement and provide all the employees with the necessary info. You will be allowed to attend the physician of your choice and all information will be confidential between you and your provider. Please do remember that you must remain in compliance so that your basic plan fee does not increase.

5) Many have asked and are concerned about the treatment we obtained from many of the managers after we ratified our last contract. I had a conversation with Mr. Leone about this issue a couple of weeks ago and he assured me that these sort of behaviors will not be tolerated nor will they occur.

Posted by Billy


Membership Meeting Scheduled For 9/11


To be held at the Union Office @ 2 Cliff St. Norwich, Ct
Meetings To Be At The Following Time


8:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.


Please make every attempt to attend your membership meeting. We will be holding our next membership meeting at Foxwoods in 3 months

 

Ratification Vote Results


908 Yes
102 No
1 Blank Vote
1 Missing Ballot

I would like to thank the bargaining committee and all associated with making our new contract a reality. The hard word, dedication and long hours have finally paid off. Without your support and diligent work effort, this would not have become reality. I would also like to thank all the employees for having faith in your elected committee. Your support has been deeply appreciated.


The following are the very special people associated with making our contract come to fruition.


Julie Kuschner, Dan Livingston, Karen Rosenberg, Phil Wheller, Mary Johnson, George Taylor, Don Macphee, Ed Bergman, Dave Barry, Dave Ellsworth, Kim Mocerino, Jamie Dip, Chris Messenger, Denise Gladue, Andrew Silvia, the Executive Board: Sandy Siu, Sharon Fish, Bob DeMello, John Delmonte and Arthur Anderson.


We would also like to thank the retirees, Danielle and Terri, for their assistance during the voting process.

Posted by Billy

 

Just a friendly reminder that the bargaining committee will be in house on tomorrow starting at 9:00 a.m. till the evening hours. They will be circulating throughout the cafe and break room areas too answer any final questions you may have concerning the contract.

Also, both the executive board and bargaining committee will be available in house on both voting days 8/29 & 8/31

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office @ 860-892-9191

CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE

8/29 & 8/31 Both Foxwoods & MGM Sides

Foxwoods in the Hospitality Learning Center

This is the old EGC office located by the escalator leading up to the casino level floor. Also near the golf shop

MGM in the scheduling office

Times:

Foxwoods: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

MGM: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Vote Vote Vote Vote

Contract Meeting Update For 8/22 & 8/28

The scheduled meetings for these particular dates will no longer be held on the 10th floor on the towers side. We will however have the bargaining committee rotating throughout both the MGM & Foxwoods sides to answer all your questions pertaining to the contract.

We will also be available on both 8/29 & 8/31 the voting dates to also answer any final minute concerns.

And please feel free to contact the office @ 1-860-892-9191 or post any questions on our Facebook Local 2121 site.

Posted by Billy

During our monthly Executive Board meeting we were discussing the exclusion list within our MPTN Medical Plan. This list states that if you are injured while para sailing, bungee jumping, driving a motorcycle or car in an erratic and in a defensive manner your medical claim will be denied. This list is more extensive and is absolutely absurd.

My point with this issue is that both Bob DeMello and John Delmonte brought up a very good point. How the heck can you have an exclusion list when the company allows for the most lethal means of personal harm and increased medical claims, and they pay the bills.

SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING

You can not have an exclusion list unless you disallow SMOKING

Posted by Billy

Ratification Vote Help

The Election Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the election process. Please contact Denise Glaude or Sharon Fish at the Union Office @ 860-892-9191.

Any help would be deeply appreciated.

Billy

Contract Meeting Update:

Aug 14th, 16th, and 19th the meetings will be held in the Sunset Pre Function Ballroom.

Aug 22nd, and 28th the meetings will be held in the Aspen Room on the 10th floor of towers

Meeting Times:
10:00 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

The MGM will be covered as well with bargaining committee members being available throughout the day by the cafe and scheduling areas.

Please post any questions or concerns

Thank you,

Contract Informational Meetings

At Both Foxwoods & MGM Location TBD

Dates: August 14th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, 28th
Times: 10:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Contract Ratification Vote

August 29th & August 31st
8:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Please attend, as this is our contract and we want you too have the correct and most accurate information. By doing so you can make the best educated decision for yourself and family when voting.

Also during the time frame of 8/14 - 8/28 we will have onsite members rotating between MGM & Foxwoods in both the break rooms and cafeterias to answer any questions pertaining to the contract.

Billy

I would like to thank all the employees whom attended our first ever membership meeting held at Foxwoods. A huge thank you goes out to the bargaining committee, Dan Livingston our attorney and Karen Rosenberg our local 2121 service rep. Without their hard work, time, effort and creative thinking this never would have come to a finalization.

Obviously all who attended were very interested in the contract and the specifics associated with it. It was great to see that many were very open minded and receptive to what the bargaining committee was able to accomplish by withstanding the pressures of management.

We will be having 5 upcoming meetings on 8/14, 8/16, 8/19, 8/22 and 8/28 @ the following times: 10:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All these meetings will be held at Foxwoods. We have yet to firm up the location but will post as soon as we are notified. This will be your time to have any question answered concerning the contract and your personal needs.

The ratification vote will be held on 8/29 & 8/30 at both the MGM & Foxwoods in a room to be determined.

Please make every attempt to attend so you can obtain the correct and accurate information pertaining to your contract.

Thank you and hope everyone is well

Billy

August 7, 2013

We reached a tentative agreement with Foxwoods yesterday, which we are unanimous in recommending to our members.

We did not achieve everything we wanted, but we are proud that in tough economic times, we have been able to move forward—when so many other workers are unfortunately falling behind. We won a pay increase retroactive to March 1, 2012 and increases for each year of the contract. We held down and delayed increases in health insurance premiums and won a Wellness program that will keep us healthy and put more money in our pockets. We preserved the 401k match, our weekend RDOs, our full-time and dual rate ratios, and caps on casual usage—which means promotional opportunities for our part-time members. We upheld the principle that the dealers alone get to decide on any change in our toke distribution method. We have also made further improvements in the air quality at work.

The following are some highlights of the tentative agreement. Some of the tentatively agreed language is still being finalized, but we will shortly have a detailed summary as well as actual contract language available. We will be holding five day-long series of informational meetings at Foxwoods, leading up to a two-day ratification vote at Foxwoods/MGM on August 29 and 31. In between, we will be in the casino to answer members’ questions.

We hope you will come to an information session, get informed and show up to ratify this contract.

Together, we are UNION STRONG!

Local 2121 Bargaining Committee,
Dave Barry
Ed Bergman
Dave Ellsworth
Don MacPhee
Kim Mocerino
George Taylor


Local 2121 Executive Board,


Billy Shea, President
Andrew Silvia, Vice President
Denise Gladue
Sharon Fish
Don MacPhee
Arthur Anderson
Bob DeMello
John DelMonte
Sandy (Wei Ching) Siu


CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS
PAY
Year Dealer Dual Rate
Retro to 3/1/12 $0.25/hr 2.5%
Retro to 3/1/13 $0.30/hr 3.0%
3/1/14 $0.30/hr 3.0%
3/1/15 $0.30/hr 3.0%

 
DAILY TOKE Preserved the principle that only the dealers have a right to decide how to distribute our tokes. The dealers will have a chance to take an informed vote on moving to a daily toke. If the dealers approve a daily toke, there will be a rebid on RDOs.

HEALTH INSURANCE Dollar cap (instead of percentage premium share management wanted).
Premium share lower than the 20% management wanted (and 25% for casuals and new employees!)
Rate increases which have already been implemented for other team members will be phased in:

Date of increase Weekly increase
(single/plus 1/family
at ratification $4/$10/$16
on June 1, 2014 $2/$5/$8
on March 1, 2015 $2/$5/$8

We won a voluntary Wellness program which will help us stay healthier and hold down costs.
• Participants must get an annual physical and biometric testing (available on-site), specified age-appropriate screenings, and clinical evaluations for specified chronic conditions.
• Participants who comply with requirements will avoid higher premiums and receive a rebate of 7.5% of their annual health insurance premium starting January, 2015.
• Participants will also save because there will be no co-pay for any required screenings, exams and treatments free (no co-pays).
DENTAL No rate increase.
401K PRESERVED! No further suspension.
RATIOS
PRESERVED minimum full-time and dual rate percentages and cap on allowable percentage of casuals—protecting promotional opportunities for part-timers.

WEEKEND RDOS* Preserved guaranteed minimum percentages of weekend RDO pairs (and equalized across Foxwoods/MGM table games).

ARBITRATION PRESERVED right to arbitrate all discipline.

SECOND-HAND SMOKE Set minimum levels of outside air replacement double the current levels.
Improved air filters
Regular maintenance schedule

CASUALS • 1 personal day per year (retroactive to January 1, 2013).
• Paid Vacation and sick leave (implemented earlier this year).
• Bereavement leave.
REGULAR PT STATUS PRESERVED 20 hrs/week minimum to maintain regular part-time status.

PART-TIMERS Tighter restrictions on temporary usage and ability of temps to pick up shifts.
Part-timers have the right to take outside work dealer jobs.

DUAL RATES No more dot floor shifts. 2 shift/week minimum, 3d shift assigned by seniority.
Dual rates extras will be paid flooring rate for whole shift if they are suited up.

VASTECH ACCESS Internet access to VASTECH so dealers/dual rates can check their schedules, pick up and give away shifts without having to travel to the casino.

MGM Heated outdoor smoking area.

POKER Increased special assignment and toke subsidy to be a blend of live action and tournament rates.

APPEARANCE STANDARDS Beards/mustaches allowed across property.
MEDICAL LEAVE Delays by ESIS/Workers Comp don’t count against leave.

STREAMLINED RANKING SYSTEM Making it easier to pick up and give away shifts.


UAW LOCAL 2121
MAJOR CONTRACT BREAKTHROUGH

Meetings to be held throughout the day

Wednesday, August 7th in the KONA ROOM, on the 10th floor at Foxwoods. Come hear the details!!!

Times are as follows:
10:00 A.M.
12:00 P.M.
1:00 P.M.
4:00 P.M.
6:15 P.M.
7:00 P.M.

Please make every attempt to attend !!!!!

A VERY IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW

Tina & Kim while attending Black Lake with UAW President Bob King

Just a reminder that our August membership Meeting is being held this coming Wednesday.

Contract Update will be discussed !!!!!!

Membership Meeting
August 7th @ Foxwoods
10th Floor / Kona Room

Meeting Times:

10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind you will be able to attend any meeting that you so desire.

The submission of the LBO's has been delayed because both parties are continuing to attempt to reduce the issues between them. With the agreement that this would not delay submission of the briefs or the issuance of the final award.

Billy

After speaking to management this morning, the women within our bargaining unit will no longer be allowed to exchange their shirts for the mens version. This will take effect this Friday 8/02/2013.

If there are any concerns with this issue please feel free to contact the union office @ 860-892-9191

Membership Meeting
August 7th @ Foxwoods
10th Floor / Kona Room

We will be discussing the LBO’s of which will be submitted by both sides on 7/30/2013. The bargaining committee will be present to answer all questions and how the remainder of the process will play out.

Please keep in mind you will be able to attend any meeting that you so desire.

Billy


As we move forward with change and redevelopment I can assure all that our Executive Board and elected officials are working hard to create positive change in order to effectively move forward and allow for people to have trust and faith in our local. I am a different type of leader and thinker and with the changes made on the elected level we now have a team in place that I’m sure with time all will be pleased with the new way in which we operate.


I am aware of some whom have zero faith in unions and what their foundation is based on. And I will be the first to admit that not ever will everything be perfect. But the major concern that I have is that with negativity comes rumors, of which 99.9% of the time are false. My point is, if there is ever a doubt in anyone’s mind concerning whatever it may be please just pick up the phone and call the office ( 860-892-9191 ). All I ask is please give this new team a chance and time and I assure you our employees will have a more favorable outlook with our union. Change takes time and with the changes that we are incorporating there is a process that must be followed in order to implement and finalize the final product.


The first and of most component of our local is communication. Drew is now in the process of forming a committee to get the flyer up and running. And when completed it will be published in a monthly manner with a wide variety of topics and commentary.
Many other types of committees will be formed in the future but it’s imperative that we create and focus on the flyer and build on this endeavor. I have met with the Norwich Chamber of Commerce to become more involved with the community and its activities. As I told Drew and Chris Messenger the other day, as they kill me, I have committed the UAW to the River Raft Race held in Norwich annually in June. We will build this ourselves and then most likely sink the raft in the Thames River. But the idea is to create fun and togetherness for our members of Local 2121. Also we are in communication with Reliance House Inc. along with the Chamber to put on a 5k Road Race in conjunction with the Norwich Winter fest parade the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The thought as I type this is to bring in the Hartford Marathon Foundation to basically run the process of this event and diminish the necessary man hours to operate an event such as this. The idea of this race is to again get us more involved with the community and create a positive image for our local and unions in general.
I know many may say this is all well and good but what about our contract. This process is in the hands of the arbitrator, but with that said, we continue to meet off the record with management with a hopeful outcome being a finalized contact. If the bargaining committee agrees on a contact then you the members will have the right to either accept or reject this proposal.


One final note ------ PLEASE if you have any questions or concerns pick up the phone and call the office. The rumor mill is crazy and creates much descent and negativity.


Thank you,


Billy
 

It is with great pleasure and pride that our first flyer / newsletter will be coming out within the next month. I can assure all that Drew is working hard and forming a committee in order to provide the most comprehensive newsletter. We will keep you posted with updates on this project. Thank you Billy

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Contract Highlights

 The following is a summary of tentative agreements the Union has reached with Foxwoods management to date. Please note, the items in red have recently been added to the list of resolved issues. Read more....

Partial Unemployment Eligibility 10/5/2012

  Regular Part Time and Part Time Dealers
During slow business periods, which have led to reduced scheduling hours or force out situations, RPT and PT dealers should call and check eligibility to collect partial unemployment benefits from the State of Connecticut. Click here for a listing of phone numbers by towns and out-of-state contact info. If you need assistance or have questions, please call the office at 860-892-9191 or check with a steward.

Ratio's Flyer

 20 years ago, Foxwoods promised Southeastern CT good jobs with decent pay and benefits. Now, they want to break that commitment. Foxwoods wants to get rid of the 'ratios' in our contract. Read more...

ETS Flyer

 We know that only a smoking ban will totally eliminate the risk of second-hand smoke. But until we can win a ban through legislative or regulatory action, management should take responsible steps to reduce our exposure and protect our health. Read More...

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