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September 29, 2020

The judge said the casino had not met its burden of proof

Trump Plaza loses appeal to stop dealers union

(US).- Atlantic City Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino has lost its appeal to overturn the results of a spring election where more than two-thirds of dealers voted to join the United Auto Workers union.

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n Friday, a National Labor Relations Board judge has overruled Trump Plaza’s objection to an election in which its dealers voted 324-149 for union representation and is recommending that the United Auto Workers be certified as the employees’ collective bargaining representative.

The judge said the casino had not met its burden of proof. Parties can appeal the judge’s conclusions within 14 days through the board’s Washington, D.C. office.

Shortly after the spring election, the casino asked the NLRB to set aside election results, alleging that the union tainted conditions for a fair election. The casino claimed that the UAW worked with government officials to falsely imply that the union was already their representative and that the labor board supported the union.

The company alleged that Representative Robert Andrews tampered with the election when he held a rally to count union-authorization cards signed by employees. Andrews said the claims where "absurd and false."

Both sides presented their cases to a NLR judge during a May hearing in Philadelphia.

In a six-page ruling, administrative law Judge Robert Giannasi said the rally didn’t imply that it was the equivalent of a board certification of election results and that the casino didn’t show that employees had a limited understanding of the role the NLRB plays in board elections.

Parties can appeal the judge’s conclusions within 14 days through the board’s Washington, D.C. office.

The UAW has sought to organize dealers at all 11 Atlantic City casinos this year, winning elections at Bally’s Atlantic City, Trump Plaza and Caesars Atlantic City. It has lost elections at Atlantic City Hilton and Trump Marina Hotel Casino.

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