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The Saginaw Chippewa refused, saying the NLRB, which oversees union elections and referees canada goose black friday sale private sector labor relations disputes, had no right to meddle in tribal business.

cheap Canada Goose Four years later the tribe is fighting the NLRB in one Canada Goose Online of three nearly identical court cases whose outcomes could be felt throughout the $28 billion tribal casino industry.

At issue are two long held legal principles. One is the right of private sector workers to band together and pursue union representation, as embodied in the 1930s National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which the NLRB oversees.

The other is tribal sovereignty, which has been affirmed by Supreme Court decisions going back uk canada goose outlet to the 1820s.

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The casino is to the political integrity of the tribe, the brief said. The tribe, which does not tax its members, receives 90 percent of its Canada Goose online income from the casino.

Like most of the Soaring Eagle 3,000 workers, Lewis is not Native American. After her firing, she moved on to a manufacturing job in a nearby town.

just wanted our voice to be heard, she said in an interview. old canada goose uk black friday co workers, they still afraid to talk to a union.

Canada Goose sale Native American casinos are big business. In 2013, 235 of roughly 550 federally recognized indigenous tribes ran gaming facilities, collectively generating more than $28 billion uk canada goose in revenue, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission. casino gaming revenue in 2012, according to Alan Meister, an economist with consultancy Nathan Associates Inc.

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The federal appeals court cases canada goose clearance are testing a Canada Goose Jackets 2004 NLRB decision in which, for the first time, the board asserted its jurisdiction over an on reservation tribal casino. The question canada goose clearance sale before the courts is Canada Goose Outlet whether that assertion was proper or whether it ran afoul of tribal sovereignty statutes. The Saginaw Chippewa, along with the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, also in Michigan, hope another federal appeals court elsewhere will side with them. If the courts split, the issue will likely go to the Supreme Court.

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canada goose coats TRIBE, TOWN TRANSFORMED Mount Pleasant is a college town of 26,000, home to Central Michigan University. government relocated the Saginaw Chippewa, Swan Creek and Black River bands of the Ojibwa Native Americans there. White settlers came for the timber.

Canada Goose Jackets Since its grand opening in 1998, canada goose uk shop the Soaring Eagle in busy years has drawn more than 20,000 visitors and generated revenue of more than $250 million. It is the canada goose uk outlet city largest employer and parcels out millions of dollars a year to local schools and governments under a state agreement.

Its profits have allowed the Saginaw Chippewa to pave their reservation dirt roads, buy canada goose jacket build a cultural center and break ground on a tribal college.

canada canada goose jackets goose black friday sale Tribe spokesman and member Frank Cloutier recalled times in the 1980s when tribe members would phone local police, but no officer would come to the scene. Now the tribe has its own police and fire Canada Goose sale departments. reality has changed, our quality of life has completely changed, he said. government. It is also improper because the NLRB has jurisdiction only over private sector employers, not state, local or tribal governments, the tribe has said.

all of a sudden, the Native American community is being treated differently than any other government, Saginaw Chippewa attorney Sean Reed said.

canada goose clearance sale SAN MANUEL DECISION Federal agencies and courts have struggled for decades to sort out which federal laws apply to Native American tribes and enterprises on their reservations.

Canada Goose Outlet For years the NLRB saw off reservation businesses as subject to the NLRA and on canada goose coats on sale reservation businesses as exempt. That changed in 2004 when the agency said the NLRA applied to an on reservation casino run by the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians in San Bernardino County, California.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Lewis was a known union supporter who was fired in late 2010 without severance pay for violating cheap canada goose uk the casino no solicitation policy. She challenged her firing via an internal process and then turned to the NLRB, with the UAW help.

canada goose clearance The NLRB heard her case and in April 2013 ordered the Soaring Eagle to reinstate her. But the Saginaw Chippewa refused, arguing that the NLRB lacked jurisdiction over the casino because it was not a private sector employer, but part of a sovereign government.

Canada Goose online The NLRB maintained that the casino had nothing to do with the tribe government and was a purely economic enterprise that it could regulate.

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