Keyword: backstretch Workers

  • Immigration Officials Arrest 16 in Saratoga Springs

    Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are declining to confirm or deny whether 16 men arrested in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. earlier this week on immigration violations had employment connections to the city's Thoroughbred racetrack.

  • Arrests Made After Hawthorne Stabbing Death

    A Chicago television station has reported three persons of interest were taken into custody Nov. 17 in connection with a man's death by stabbing at Hawthorne Race Course. The victim was identified by the medical examiner as Rodrigo Flores Garcia.

  • Breeders' Cup Party Set for Backstretch Workers

    United Tote and The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host the "United Tote Backstretch Bonanza," a special event for backstretch workers, at Belmont Park Oct. 25 during the week of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Giving Back

    <i>By Tom Molloy</i> -- With VLT revenue resulting in even higher purses, it would seem to strengthen a case for an open dialogue to discuss a re-negotiation of fees with an emphasis on formally directing a fair portion to the grooms, hotwalkers, and others.

  • Unionization Bill Clears Hurdle in California

    Introduced by Assemblyman Herb Wesson, AB856 establishes guidelines for unionizing backstretch workers and mandates better living and working conditions at the state's racetracks and training facilities. Wesson, who chairs the Assembly's Governmental Organization committee, brought the bill before that panel for its first public hearing. The bill passed on to the Assembly's Labor Committee.