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Hudson Valley News
Thu August 30, 2012
Hotel Union Signs Labor Agreement With Empire Resorts
The union that represents some 100 workers at Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello has signed two agreements with Empire Resorts, operator of Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello.
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council and Empire Resorts’ subsidiary Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. have signed a five year agreement with the existing employees at the casino and raceway, which includes annual salary increases, set wages for new hires and addresses employee contributions toward health benefits.
Both parties also announced they have signed a Labor Peace Agreement with the understanding that when the new Concord hotel-conference center-casino is developed in Kiamesha Lake in partnership with Entertainment Properties Trust, the union would represent workers there.
With plans for massive facilities at a destination venue, the number of employees is anticipated to be far greater than the present number at Monticello. Union spokesman Josh Gold said Empire Resorts is a great partner in the Catskills.
“These are good jobs”, Gold said. “They are jobs that pay well. These are jobs that have health care and retirement security. We thing they are being great partners and making sure that they jobs that they create are good jobs.”
Empire’s CEO Joseph D’Amato said the planned new facilities “will create transformative job opportunities for residents of Sullivan County and the Catskills region.”