Sad news from my "local" track: cashiers, video lottery clerks and other floor attendants have voted to reject the latest contract agreement from Mountaineer management. While it may affect some horseplayers' wagering, what is truly sad is this:
Union officials said the main issue is salary. Some employees make so little that they qualify for food stamps, the school lunch program and energy assistance."Apparently, Mountaineer pays $2 per hour less than the casino at Wheeling Island Racetrack, or Presque Isle Downs.
This comes on the heels of news that Mountaineer has completed its sale of Binion's in Las Vegas for $28 million, which, according to CEO Ted Arneault will allow MTR "to focus on growing and optimizing its core assets."
I'm guessing Mr. Arneault doesn't realize that for visitors, those clerks and floor assistants are pretty darn essential.