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Casino shutdown leads to massive furloughs

A Connecticut casino that closed this week has furloughed its workforce of more than 5,000 employees.

Foxwoods Resort Casino closed Tuesday night for two weeks. After the closing, Local 2121, the union representing table-games dealers, told its 1,200 members the casino would not agree to offer paid leave.

Union president John DelMonte said in a statement that the union is “very disappointed” and was only given 24 hours’ notice to notify its members of the furlough. The union has been helping members apply for state unemployment benefits.

Foxwoods’ president and CEO John James said the casino is making decisions based on several factors, including employee and guest safety and guidance from state leaders.

“We value and respect all of our Team Members and want to do what is best for them and the business such that we can all come out of this in a manner that allows us to recover,” James said in a statement.


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