About 200 union workers walked off the job at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort the weekend of March 29, and they remained on strike March 31.
In an attempt to head off a backstretch union movement before it gains momentum, California trainers have formed a group called the "Employee Education Association" to tackle the issue.
Calling a backstretch unionization bill filed in the state Assembly a "very real threat to the viability of California's entire Thoroughbred racing industry," the California Thoroughbred Trainers organization is urging its members to actively oppose AB 856 as it works its way through the legislative process this year.
Opposition to a bill that would unionize backstretch workers in California is growing as it makes its way through the state Senate.
Legislation that could lead to unionization of backstretch workers in California is being opposed by a unified group of leaders within the state's horse racing industry, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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