backstretch workers

$1 Million In Wages Recovered On Behalf Of New York Backstretch Workers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the recovery of approximately $1 million in stolen wages, damages and penalties on behalf of nearly 350 workers following New York State Department of Labor investigations of backstretch employers at racetracks in New York State. “We have zero tolerance for wage theft and will hold accountable any employer who unlawfully […]

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Race Track Chaplaincy Of America To Raffle Commercial Mower As Fundraiser

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA), in partnership with the National HBPA and Equine Equipment, is pleased to announced a fundraising raffle to help the organization further its goal of serving the racing industry. The RTCA will be selling 200 raffle tickets at $50 each for a chance to win a commercial Toro or […]

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Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation Designed To Catch Industry Employees In Need

This week marked the tenth anniversary of the day that permanently changed the life of jockey Michael Straight. On Aug. 26, 2009, Straight was riding in the eighth race at Arlington Park when his mount, Im No Gentleman, clipped heels with another horse and fell, throwing Straight to the ground and causing serious head and […]

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Human Side Of California’s Horse Racing Crisis: ‘No Es Solamente Un Deporte’

I attended the California Horse Racing Board meeting in Del Mar this past Thursday.  As is usual now, there were demonstrations pro and con before the meeting, and public comments on both sides during the meeting. As I walked to my car afterwards, with the TV trucks and crowds long gone, I saw a small group […]

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‘She Was A Voice For Us’: Backstretch Appreciation Program An Ongoing Reminder Of Marylou Whitney’s Legacy

Paul Ruchames, executive director of the Backstretch Employee Service Team in New York, compares the late Marylou Whitney to Johnny Appleseed. “She’s put these seeds all over that will outlive her and keep her good works going,” he said. One of her great works and one her husband, John Hendrickson, remains deeply committed to continuing […]

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Labor And Immigration Audits: What Trainers Need To Know

When news broke earlier this year of trainer Chad Brown’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, it was the size of the settlement ($1.6 million) that shocked readers as much as the list of violations. According to a news release, auditors determined Brown failed to pay H-2B visa employees the wages they were […]

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Blue Grass Farms Charities Offering Donated Food To Kentucky Farm Workers

This summer is a productive one for Blue Grass Farms Charities’ Food Distribution program.  Thanks to partnerships established with God’s Pantry and GleanKY, the charity has delivered more than 6,000 pounds of produce, breads and non-perishables to horse farm workers in Central Kentucky. “It’s unbelievable seeing all the food that is available at God’s Pantry, […]

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Maryland Horsemen, Jockey Club Create ‘Community Day’ To Celebrate Backstretch Workers

The Maryland Jockey Club is partnering with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in hosting an inaugural Community Day Tuesday, July 23 at Laurel Park. Created to celebrate the backstretch community and its contribution to the continued success of Maryland racing, Community Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. outside the track kitchen. “We […]

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Backstretch Workers Say The Media Focuses On Horses’ Deaths, Not The People Who Care For Them

If animal rights activists succeed in their goal to shut down Santa Anita Park in the wake of a rash of equine fatalities, what will happen to the backstretch workers who live there? That’s the question dozens of horsemen want the public to begin thinking about, according to a press conference held at Clocker’s Corner […]

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Brown Labor Investigation One In A Series Of Probes By Department Of Labor

The $1.6 million settlement multiple Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown has been ordered to pay for federal labor law violations and back wages left racing fans and legal experts alike shocked a few weeks ago. New York trainers now say he’s not the only one facing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Labor. Fellow conditioners […]

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