Traditions Casino could create 500 local jobs

By Scott Sasina

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If Traditions at the Glen wins the bid for the casino, it will create a lot of jobs that local trade unions will be able to benefit from.

Thursday afternoon, Traditions at the Glen held a public signing ceremony for the agreement between Traditions Casino & Resort and the trade unions in the Greater Binghamton area.

This agreement will add more than 500 jobs over a one year period, while the casino and resort are being built. Local union leaders said signing the agreement is the best possible action that could have happened in this area.

"We all can use the work. It is important to have our local people on the jobs rather than having people from out of state because all that money spins around in the community," said Jim Rounds, business manager of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 112.

Some of the labor unions that will be represented are Laborers International Union of North America and the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. There is no word yet on how soon Traditions will know if they have won the bid or not.