Labor Troubles Continue Unsettled at New York: Few Blacksmiths Report for Work; Bonus of 5 Sought, Daily Racing Form, 1946-05-08


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Labor Troubles Continue Unsettled at New York YorkFew Few Blacksmiths Report for Work Bonus of 25 Sought SoughtBELMONT BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y May 7 The turbulent labor situation on the New York race tracks which has re ¬ cently led to a brief strike of exercise riders and grooms continues unsettled At the moment the blacksmiths who are affiliated with the A Fl of L are not officially on strike However very few of them showed up at the New York tracks this morning to plate horses When a similar situation arose in Florida the farriers announced that they were going fishing They were more reticent about their plans for today todayIn In Flordia the blacksmiths demanded and received a bonus of 25 for each horse they plated who won during the course of a month If the horse won two or more times during the month the bonus re ¬ mained 25 They are now demanding 25 each time a horse wins and the horsemen are up in arms but in a rather disorgan ¬ ized manner mannerOnly Only about 40 horsemen out of approxi ¬ mately 1000 active in New York attended a meeting this morning on the clubhouse mezzanine In extenuation of the absentees it must be noted that the notice was ex ¬ tremely short This group was representa ¬ tive of all classes of owners and trainers however howeverAfter After considerable discussion a commit ¬ tee of six was appointed including three members of the HBPA and three prominent trainers having no connection with that or ¬ ganization This is the first time such a group has been brought together in New York where the HBPA is in the minority minorityCommittee Committee members are John Gaver president of the American Trainers Asso ¬ ciation James Fitzsimmons Willard Mc Clain J B Theall Sol Rutchick and John Swisher The last named three are mem ¬ bers of the HBPAs executive committee This committee is to meet with three mem ¬ bers of the blacksmiths union at 1230 p m at Belmont Park tomorrow tomorrowIt It was evident that owners and trainers agree on one point That the latest demand by the blacksmiths cannot be tolerated Horsemen are also dissatisfied with the racing commissions plan for the settle ¬ ment of the exercise riders and grooms strike They appear to feel that if awards are to be paid at all and most disappove of them in principle they should be paid by the groups who originated them

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