Possible Work Stoppage at Aqueduct Looming

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With Anticipation
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:58 pm

Standstill in negotiations between NYRA and Jockeys' Guild raises talk of work stoppage

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Negotiations between the New York Racing Association and the Jockeys’ Guild over a contract regarding health benefits and insurance have stalled, creating the possibility of a work stoppage at Aqueduct beginning with the Jan. 6 card.

According to Tom Kennedy, an attorney for the Jockeys’ Guild, the Guild is seeking a three-year contract with NYRA that calls for no increase in benefit payments in 2018 and a 1 percent increases in 2019 and 2020. Kennedy said Thursday that NYRA has refused to sign the contract and is seeking to pay less than it did in 2017.

http://www.drf.com/news/standstill-nego ... k-stoppage
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:23 pm

If this unfolds the way the jockey strike of 1988 did, not a day of racing will be lost. Plenty of replacement riders out there looking for a windfall. Paging Joe Imparato, Buck Thornburg, Roger Velez! (Actually, I can think of one 1988 replacement rider who is still active: Dean Sarvis, who still rides in Ohio and Kentucky.)
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:32 pm

Not a big fan of a strike in any industry nowadays.

When is the last one that actually worked, Norma Rae?
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:51 pm

NYRA brags about all the upcoming changes and stuff, but then this.

America in 2017.
Although I received reread The Jungle so maybe things haven't changed at all.

Granted my benefits go up every year and I can't unionize so who knows.
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