Maintenance workers threatening strike
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NEW YORK STATE -- A strike by maintenance workers for the New York Racing Association is threatening to upset Saturday's Belmont Stakes as "I'll Have Another" bids for horse racing's Triple Crown.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 says it's given the go-ahead to strike at New York's three race tracks. While no date has been selected, union members say a strike could come Saturday.
The union, which includes members of the starting gate crew, has been working without a contract since February of last year, but all involved expect the race to go off as scheduled.
"Is it going to be uncomfortable? Is it going to be a bit of a disruption if there's a strike? Absolutely. Will they get the race off? Absolutely," said Christopher Erikson, member of IBEW Local 3.
"I didn't hear anything about that. I just got here yesterday. What is that about?" asked jockey Mario Gutierrez.
"Right now, we are planning for and expecting a great day of racing on Saturday," said NYRA Spokesman Dan Silver.
NYRA says the union is unwilling to compromise and is using the Triple Crown to "further its own agenda." Governor Cuomo is urging NYRA and the union to resolve the dispute amicably.
More than 120,000 people are expected to attend Saturday's race to watch “I'll Have Another” attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.