About 2,600 table games dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino can go the bargaining table with their employer, according to a decision released today by the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the National Labor Relations Board.

About 2,600 table games dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino can go the bargaining table with their employer, according to a decision released today by the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the National Labor Relations Board.

The 13-page decision concluded neither the dealers seeking to organize under the United Auto Workers nor the board's regional director in Hartford did anything to warrant setting aside the Nov. 24 election where dealers voted 1,289-852 to form a union.

"From the agency's standpoint, this is the end of the case for us," Patricia Gilbert, a spokeswoman for board headquarters, said.

Lori Potter, a spokeswoman for the Mashantucket Pequots,, Foxwoods' owners, said the tribe would issue a statement later today.

The Mashantuckets have contested the dealers' efforts to unionize for almost a year. They argue applying federal labor law to casino employees would usurp the tribe's sovereign status. After the election was held, the tribe then appealed the election saying, among other complaints, the ballots should have been in Chinese to accommodate non-English speaking dealers.

Norwich Bulletin