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Racing To Be Supported By Slots Workers At Queen’s Park Thursday

Published: March 27, 2013 11:35 am ET

Last Comment: March 27, 2013 1:08 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

"Mr. Natyshak's motion is a big step in the right direction. PSAC represents 480 workers in the gaming sector in Ontario, including 80 at Georgian Downs Racetrack in Innisfil whose livelihoods are in jeopardy, along with those of thousands of others in communities across Ontario.”

The above quote is from Public Service Alliance of Canada Regional Executive Vice President for Ontario, Sharon DeSousa, in regard to how her organization will be supporting the pro-racing motion which is to be brought forth Thursday, March 28 in the Ontario Legislature by New Democratic Party MPP Taras Natyshak.

On Tuesday, March 26, the PSAC announced that the Woodbine Racetrack slots-area workers that it represents have voted in support of strike action.

"Many people have already been laid off, and many more are living in fear of the same,” DeSousa said. “The government needs to stand up for good jobs by developing a responsible gaming strategy that includes the protection of quality employment. This motion will help pressure the government to re-think its decision to abruptly end SARP and in doing so; threaten an industry so many people depend on."

For the complete background on Natyshak’s motion, which will also be supported by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, please refer to the related links which appear below the PSAC press release.


PSAC backs NDP motion to save Slots at Racetracks Program


On March 28, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be going to Queen's Park in support of an NDP motion to be introduced by MPP Taras Natyshak that will call on the province to halt its decision to end the revenue sharing Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP).

The revenue sharing agreement, which generates more than $1.1 billion per year for the Province, has supported the horse racing industry and is integral to the survival of racetracks and the 55,000 jobs that rely on the industry.

PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for Ontario, Sharon DeSousa, is optimistic about what Thursday's motion means for the future of jobs at Ontario racetracks.

"Mr. Natyshak's motion is a big step in the right direction. PSAC represents 480 workers in the gaming sector in Ontario, including 80 at Georgian Downs Racetrack in Innisfil whose livelihoods are in jeopardy, along with those of thousands of others in communities across Ontario," said DeSousa.

"Many people have already been laid off, and many more are living in fear of the same. The government needs to stand up for good jobs by developing a responsible gaming strategy that includes the protection of quality employment. This motion will help pressure the government to re-think its decision to abruptly end SARP and in doing so; threaten an industry so many people depend on."

PSAC launched a campaign in January to fight back against the government's hasty decision to swap the Slots at Racetracks Program for new casino developments as part of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) gaming modernization plan.

MPP Natyshak's motion also calls for referendums on new casino developments and requires extensive consultation with the horse racing industry to ensure its sustainability.


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March 27, 2013 - 1:08 pmMaybe OFA can turn up the

Brett Riley SAID...

Maybe OFA can turn up the heat. Im in the process of phoning ontario federation of agriculture which I pay every year to register my farm,yet every magazine I get in the mail never mentions what is happening to the racehorse industry and starting to wonder why this organization isnt doing more for the second largest sector in agriculture.Give them a call if your a member. 1-800-668-3276 ask for Neil Currie ext 205.


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