Blacksmiths Return to Work in New York: Additional Trouble Involving Mutuel Employes in in Offing, Daily Racing Form, 1946-05-29


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, Blacksmiths Return To Work in New York Additional Trouble Involving Mutuel Employes Is in Offing BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 28. — Horse vans in considerable numbers passed the picket lines at Belmont Park today, the majority of them entering the track on the New York side, avoiding the Nassau County entrance. Trucks containing beer and food also entered the track last night. The waiters, who voted to join the A. F. of L. yesterday, were still on the job today, not having yet become affiliated with any local. There is apparently considerable uncertainty just which branch of the A. F. of L. the waiters will join, and a meeting is being held tonight to discuss this matter. Blacksmiths returned to work at all three Long Island tracks today, but the photographers operating the Thorobred Photo Service, admissions, ticket sellers, bartenders, and van men continued idle. Meanwhile, additional labor troubles are in the air affecting the pari-mutuel employes, who at Belmont Park, are members of the Independent Association of Mutuel Employes, and are the principal bone of contention in the present jurisdictional strike, the A. F. of L. seeking to gain control of the approximately 840 mutuel employes in the independent union. Many of these men are former A. F. of L. members that union having been voted out of the mutuel departments of the New York thoroughbred tracks two years ago. Recently, the I. A. M. E. sought recognition as bargaining agent for the mutuel employes at Roosevelt Raceway, but this demand was rejected on the grounds that the Old Country Trotting Association is operating under a closed shop contract with the A. F. of L., which furnished all pari-mutuel employes at that track. Today, mutuel employes at Belmont, many of whom work nights at Roosevelt Raceway, were requested by the independent union to immediately cease working at the trotting track, with the admonition: "Should you fail to comply with the notice, appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of our union."

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