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Belmont mutuel clerks call in sick Preakness Day

Updated: May 21, 2005, 9:27 PM ET
By Karen M. Johnson | Daily Racing Form

Approximately 80 of 200 mutuel clerks scheduled to work at Belmont Park on Saturday called in sick as part of an apparent job action.

The mutuel clerks are working under a collective bargaining agreement with the New York Racing Association. NYRA and the mutuel clerks have been operating under the terms of an agreement that expired at the end of 2003.

Charles Hayward, NYRA's president and CEO, said management was "shocked" that the mutuel clerks staged the action.

"Despite assurances ...

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