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Column: Tribal labor ruling faces fight in courts

"Jobs on American Indian reservations have always come with their own set of work rules and regulations.

The tribes are considered separate governments, entitled to establish their own labor standards unless specifically restricted by Congress. They are subject to no state labor laws and only limited federal labor rules.

That's why a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board is causing a stir among California's tribes and the estimated 44,000 people who work for them."

Get the Story:
Michael Kinsman: Indian tribes troubled by NLRB ruling on unions (The San Diego Union-Tribune 6/13)

National Labor Review Board Decisions:
San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino | Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Federal Court Decisions:
NAT'L LABOR RELATIONS BD v. SAN JUAN PUEBLO (10th Circuit January 11, 2002) | NAT'L LABOR RELATIONS BD. v. CHAPA DE INDIAN HEALTH PROGRAM, INC (9th Ciruit January 16, 2003)

Relevant Links:
San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino -
Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union -

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