HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and a local of the United Auto Workers Union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for nearly 2,000 table games dealers that increases pay and allows dealers to decide how tips are distributed.
The two sides would not comment on Thursday. A ratification vote is scheduled for Aug. 29 and 31.
"We did not achieve everything we wanted, but we are proud that in tough economic times, we have been able to move forward when so many other workers are unfortunately falling behind," Local 2121 said in a statement on its website.
Dealers would receive a 25-cent-per hour raise, or 2.5 percent, retroactive to March 1, 2012. They would get an additional 30 cents per hour retroactive to March 13, 30 cents next year and 30 cents in 2015.
The union said it "preserved the principle that only the dealers have a right to decide how to distribute" tips. It did not provide details.
The union also said it won improvements in setting stricter limits on second-hand smoke. The tentative agreement sets minimum levels of outside air replacement that is double the current level, and calls for improved air filters and regular maintenance schedules.
Connecticut has banned smoking in most public places, but state law does not ban it at Foxwoods and the neighboring Mohegan Sun.
Foxwoods, which is proposing a resort casino in Massachusetts, has been under financial pressure since the onset of the recession in 2008. Revenue at both Connecticut casinos has been falling as customers spend less money and competition becomes more intense in the Northeast.