Labor Organizations and Tribes Urge California Legislature to Approve Compacts for Off-Reservation Casino
As reported in this press release from early January, the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians and the Big Lagoon Rancheria are pushing for state legislative approval of the Barstow compacts, negotiated with Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2005, with support from the Teamsters, Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the California State Building and Construction Trades. Environmental organizations also have voiced support for the compacts, including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Other tribes with casinos in the area have been opposed to the compacts.
For more on tribal attempts to find common cause with organized labor and labor-backed Democrats in California, see this January 18 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.