Monday, March 23, 2015

Les Bois Race Track Operators Warn Employees of Shutdown If Instant Racing Machines Are Illegal

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM

click to enlarge PATRICK SWEENEY
  • Patrick Sweeney
Calling its letter to employees as "an official WARN (worker adjustment and retraining notification) notice," Treasure Valley Racing says that if and when the Idaho House passes Senate Bill 1011—the measure designed to make so-called "instant racing" machines illegal, they'll shut down their operations. The bill has already passed through the Idaho Senate and House State Affairs Committee and should receive a final House vote this week.

"The closure will be permanent and affect the entire facility. It is expected that layoffs will begin approximately May 29, 2015, and the last day of employment for most employees will be June 30, 2015,"  wrote officers of Treasure Valley Racing today. "Effective June 30, 2015, Les Bois Park will permanently close."

But that's not exactly accurate. Ada County owns Les Bois Park and TVR has a contract with the county to run the horse racing operations. So, in fact, TVR would halt operations, not "permanently close" the facility.

"In the event SB1011 does not become law, employees may be maintained or recalled to work," wrote TVR.
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