Conn. casino cocktail waitresses fight shoe rules

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Associated Press

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 9 at 9:00 AM

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Negotiations for a union contract at the country's largest casino are hitting a snag over footwear requirements for cocktail waitresses.

Some of the waitresses at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino say they see proposed new requirements as a bid to push them out and make way for younger workers.

They say the casino yielded on a recently imposed requirement for 2-inch heels, but it is insisting that servers wear polish-able black shoes, subject to approval by management.

A Foxwoods spokeswoman, Dale Wolbrink, said she would not comment on labor negotiations that she said should be considered private.

It is among a few key issues set for arbitration between the casino and Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents about 365 Foxwoods workers including 200 beverage servers.

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