Baltimore Sun

Laurel Park, Pimlico workers get new deal

- By Giacomo Bologna

A union representi­ng more than 150 workers at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course said Tuesday that its members voted “overwhelmi­ngly” to ratify a threeyear contract with the Maryland Jockey Club.

“We are all proud of what we’ve accomplish­ed in this new contract,” UFCW Local 27 President Jason Chorpennin­g said in a statement.

The deal provides wage increases and improved health benefits for betting window tellers, parking lot attendants, security officers and more, according to a news release from the Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club. The company said it is continuing to negotiate with unionized food and beverage employees.

“The new agreement reflects the good work the UFCW Local 27 employees do on a daily basis to support safe, efficient and successful racing operations,” said Mike Rogers, acting president of the Maryland Jockey Club, in a statement.

Pimlico is the home of the Preakness Stakes, which is set for its 147th running on May 21.

Details of the new contract were not disclosed.

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