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Foxwoods employees mulling buyouts

Dec 24, 2008 2:00 AM
Staff & Wire Reports |

The Mashantucket Pequot tribe, operators of both the MGM Grand and Foxwoods casinos in Connecticut, is facing some crucial decisions overt the next few weeks. Some 286 of their government employees have indicated that they will take severance packages if offered.

“With the casino industry, especially in tourist areas, down the way it is, it is not surprising that the Mashantucket tribe is looking for ways to reduce their operating costs,” said Eleanor Gentry. “It is actually a pretty common practice when the economy falls the way that it has.”

To receive the buyout package, members of the tribe must apply for them. The Mashantuckets will then determine which workers to accept after assessing which jobs are the most essential in running the casino and which ones can be eliminated. The tribe has also not ruled out the possibility that there will be more layoffs.