New labor agreements at Tioga Downs

By Erika Mahoney

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM EST

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The CEO of Tioga Downs says creating jobs is a top priority.

As the racino leaders round out the details in their application for a casino gaming license, they announced the completion of another requirement -- labor agreements.

CEO Jeff Gural signed a labor peace agreement with Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United Friday.

The union is an umbrella labor organization in Upstate New York.

Should Tioga Downs secure the bid, the agreement would apply to employees who work inside the casino.

"We have a great work force," Gural said. "Best work force I've ever had. Everybody is always working hard."

For those working in construction, a project labor agreement is currently in place with the Binghamton Oneonta Building Trades Union, which requires all construction workers to be union.

"The relationship is great,"LPCiminelli Construction General Superintendent Buddy Banko said. "The good thing about working with the unions is it gives you the ability to fluctuate crews. If all of a sudden we need 40 carpenters, we can get 40 carpenters."

Gural said the goal of the agreements is to create jobs, employ local workers and avoid any labor disruptions. The agreements are a required part of the casino gaming license application.

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