Union Thugs Threaten to Disrupt Belmont Stakes

Posted by on Jun 05, 2012 at 6:29 am
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We suspect after what’s expected to be a humiliating defeat tonight in Wisconsin that these union clowns will step back from the ledge. But considering their short-sightedness they may well enter into a suicide pact by moving to strike at Belmont  Park prior to Saturday’s much-anticipated race when I’ll Have Another has a shot at the first Triple Crown in 34 years.

A down-to-the-wire labor dispute is threatening to stop I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown chances at the Belmont Stakes.

The union representing the maintenance crew and starters at the famed track could go on strike Friday — a day before the Thoroughbred attempts what no horse has done since 1978.

The New York Racing Association — which was taken over by Gov. Cuomo last week after a string of embarrassments — has been in contract negotiations with IBEW Local 3 for two years.

But with more than 120,000 racing fans expected at Belmont Park and millions watching on TV this Saturday, the stakes have never been higher.

“They’ve taken a strike vote two weeks ago and have authorization to go on strike,” Local 3 business manager Chris Erikson said.

“I’m not saying they will. It’s up to NYRA, but the membership is authorized to strike. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail.”

NYRA issued an angry statement Monday night denouncing the strike threat. “It is extremely self-serving for Local 3 to use the attention and excitement of a Triple Crown attempt to further its own agenda,” the statement said.

The union acting in a self-serving manner? Whodathunkint? Hey, maybe they can enlist the aid of their favorite community organizer. What this race needs is a does of Obama, right? It’s not as if we ever see the guy’s face during sporting events.
Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman Gary Pretlow (D-Westchester) wasn’t aware of the threatened strike but equated it to “blackmail.”

“They know this could be the biggest day in NYRA history,” Pretlow said.

“To threaten to do this when there are 104,000 people expected at Belmont . . . to threaten a strike in a noncontract period is the ultimate in blackmail. They wouldn’t dare do that.

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9 Responses to “Union Thugs Threaten to Disrupt Belmont Stakes”

  1. Frustrated on 5/05/12 at 12:43 pm

    Hopefully the NYRA gives the Local 3 workers what they deserve….I think 2 years without a contract is long enough

  2. Blue Hen on 5/05/12 at 1:44 pm

    Frustrated on 5/05/12 at 12:43 pm
    Hopefully the NYRA gives the Local 3 workers what they deserve

    Pink slips? Most people don’t HAVE contracts.

  3. Deborah on 5/05/12 at 2:37 pm

    I feel no sympathy for these employees. I had no contract and was laid-off because of the economy. They can go elsewhere if they aren’t happy. And if Saturdays race is disrupted I hope no one else will ever hire them, because, guess what workers, anyone is foolish who has such disregard for the consumers, i.e. fans, who are the ultimate ones funding their paychecks. I think they are biting the hand that feeds them.

  4. Frustrated on 5/05/12 at 7:58 pm

    A thirty percent pay cut is an assault on the American way of life. With the dollar falling and the cost of living rising, the noose is getting tighter around their necks. Today, it is organized labor at Belmont, but tomorrow you maybe the one forced to accept a thirty percent paycut. The war on the American middle class rages on, with unions being the front lines.

  5. USMC on 5/05/12 at 10:46 pm

    I THINK THE EMPLOYEES ARE IN THE RIGHT,
    MANAGEMENT IN ALL BUSINESSES SCREW OVER
    THERE WORKERS,I FEEL BAD ABOUT NON UNION WORKERS BUT NYRA EMPLOYEES PAY FOR THERE SUPPORT AND UNIONS ONLY STRIKE WHEN IT NEEDS TO MAKE A POINT THERE IS ALWAYS SIDES A-B AND THE TRUTH PLUS IF THEY WAIT THEY LOOSE THE CHANCE TO HAVE A (ONE SHOT ONE KILL) AS THE USMC WOULD SAY