Workers at Belmont Park and the New York Racing Association reached a tentative contract agreement that ensures the Belmont Stakes and I’ll Have Another’s run for the Triple Crown won’t be threatened by a strike, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The agreement between the NYRA and Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers satisfies all major economic issues that had stalled negotiations, including shift schedules and benefits, Cuomo said in an e-mailed statement. Leadership from both the union and the racing association that operates the track expressed satisfaction with the agreement in the statement.
Workers at Belmont Park had been without a contract since February 2011. Two weeks ago, members voted to give the union authority to go on strike prior to the June 9 race if no deal was reached, and a mediator was brought in yesterday, according to the New York Daily News.
I’ll Have Another was installed today as the 4-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. He won last month’s Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the first two legs of the Triple Crown, and would become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to sweep the series with a win this weekend.
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