10/16/2014 4:35PM

Suffolk workers sue Massachusetts Gaming Commission


The unionized employees of the soon-to-be-shuttered Suffolk Downs are headed to the courtroom.

On Thursday, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, local 103, which represents 145 Suffolk employees, filed suit in Boston, arguing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission broke the law when it awarded the lone Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts instead of to Suffolk’s gaming partner, Mohegan Sun, on Sept. 16.

In the aftermath of the gaming commission’s decision, the track’s owners announced live racing would come to a permanent end at the conclusion of the current meet and that the building would be closed for simulcasting by year’s end. Seasonal employees were let go when the meet ended Oct. 4, and full-time employees were notified in writing they will be laid off effective Nov. 20.

Joining the lawsuit is the city of Revere, Mass., where the proposed $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun casino would have been located in its entirety on the grounds of the track also straddling East Boston.

The plaintiffs, who are accusing the commissioners of giving Wynn preferential treatment, among other matters, requested the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision be vacated, as well as “any other relief the court deems just.”

Wynn Resorts’ winning proposal is for a $1.6 billion casino development in the city of Everett, Mass., and it is to be located only two miles from the Suffolk Downs stable gate.

Last week, Suffolk Downs’ attorneys filed a letter with the gaming commission imploring commissioners to reconsider their decision. At a public hearing, the commission reaffirmed the suitability of Wynn to hold a gaming license and took Suffolk’s letter under review.

Meanwhile, the New England affiliate of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association filed a “placeholder” application for live-racing dates at Suffolk in 2015 with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and is in the process of structuring a deal to lease the track that would be economically viable for Suffolk’s ownership.

The gaming commission must grant or dismiss the application by Nov. 15.

The legal action and dates application will be rendered moot if a statewide ballot initiative to repeal the law authorizing expanded gambling in Massachusetts passes Nov. 4.

modoit5 More than 1 year ago
walk-d hots at the rock in the summer of 62,,,gallop my first horse at suffork the following year,,2yr old name right able,,wow what a felling..got to heavy to race ride,join the army ..20 years later was at louisanna downs ,,learning about the horse biss. from a quarter horse trainer from texas ..he knew horse backward and frontwards,didn't need vets comeing in and out of his barn,, and i learn-d.....came back to new england in the mid summer of 87..
modoit5 More than 1 year ago
been to the winners circle serval times at both tracks,,now thats a great feeling getting your picture taken,,..now in my late 60's and liveing in oklahoma with more indian casino's then ya can count with both hands(no sport book) have to drive 90 miles to bet on a hosre race,,well all good thing usually comes to and end and we are left with dreams of yesterdays...
modoit5 More than 1 year ago
i miss the rock and suffork and most of all the people on the backside ,,all striding to win, get that feeling, get that picture taken... and now it looks likes it's all gone......right able and i will gallop to the end of time,,they can't take that away...god bless you all... my name is billy
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Ernest Sherman More than 1 year ago
look at this point I jut want a casino don't care revere or Everett you lost stop crying you did your best you hook up with a bunch of loosers from conn their a joke 2nd class try hooking up with wynn at suffolkand it will be easier and quicker also 1st class. mohegn sun is not high class operation you had it right with ceasers that's where it was lost you may be able to pull off a deal with Suffolk's land with wynn big E
Frankie Morgan More than 1 year ago
Working buddy
Frankie Morgan More than 1 year ago