Friday, May 9, 2014

Tioga Downs signs labor agreements with area unions and employers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2014

Contact:  Linn Redder
Tioga Downs Marketing VP
607-215-9751
lredder@tiogadowns.com

Continuing its careful, deliberate application for a full casino gaming license - based on genuine long-standing relationships - Tioga Downs today announced signed labor agreements with area unions and employers.

With the Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United Tioga Downs has committed to a Labor Peace Agreement for its employees. For those working on construction of facilities, Tioga Downs has secured commitments from LPCiminelli Construction to use only union labor.

“How Tioga Downs advances its application for a full casino gaming license matters a lot,”  said Tioga Downs CEO Jeff Gural. “Ensuring that our employees have protected labor rights and options is a critical aspect of our relationships, and is absolutely consistent with the type of neighbor and active civic partner Tioga Downs has always been and always will be.”

Kyle Tuttle, Senior Vice President of LPCiminelli said, “We are very pleased to be part of these labor agreements that are critical for realizing Mr. Gural’s vision for the future of Tioga Downs.  There is a very talented union workforce in this region which will be a huge benefit in delivering this exciting project.”

“A full range of employee protections and rights is the backbone of successful businesses and development projects,” added Gary J. Bonadonna Jr., Assistant Manager, Workers United, Rochester Regional Joint Board. “Jeff Gural and Tioga Downs have negotiated in good faith, continuing to show themselves as deeply valued members of our regional community.”

Labor agreements are a required component of applications for full casino gaming licenses, under rules promulgated by the New York State Gaming Commission and Casino Siting Board. Applications detailing all aspects of planned development, operations, and finances are due by all applicants, in regions throughout New York State, by the end of June. Full non-Indian casino gaming is now allowed in New York State under legislation passed twice in Albany and then approved by New York voters through a “yes or no” referendum question which was on the November 2013 ballot.

Labor leaders attending today’s announcement include:

    • Dan Richardson – President of the Binghamton-Oneonta Building Trades
    • Bob Holden – IBEW Local 139
    • Tom Spicer – IBEW Local 325
    • Richard Messina – Local 17
    • Dean Tamburri – Local 17
    • Bob Reap – Local 30
    • Daniel Jackson – Painters Local 178
    • Scott Colton – Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
    • David Marsh – Laborer’s Local 785
    • Jim Rounds – Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112
    • Steve Harvey
    • Scott Stringer
    • Tony Diperna
    • Chris Bushnell- Laborer’s Local
    • Bryan Allen – Plumbers Union
    • John Farewell - Teamsters