Court won't rule on union-casino agreement

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Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't decide the legality of an agreement between a union and a Florida casino in which the business helped the union organize in return for help with a ballot initiative on gambling.

The justices on Tuesday dismissed an appeal from UNITE HERE Local 355 without deciding whether its agreement with Hollywood Greyhound Track, Inc., also known as Mardi Gras Gaming, was valid.

The union agreed to help the company win a gambling ballot initiative, and agreed not to picket, boycott, or strike. Mardi Gras officials agreed to give the union employee addresses, access to the facility and not to ask for a secret union ballot election.

An employee sued, saying the agreement violated national labor laws that say companies cannot give unions who want to represent employees something of value.

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