LAUREL -- Horsemen at Maryland thoroughbred tracks are not the only people affected by the current slump in racetrack business.
Track operator Joe De Francis met at a local restaurant last night with Tom Russow, president of Local 27 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and shop stewards, to discuss the five-year contract that the track signed with the union in 1989.
De Francis wants to start discussions with the union concerning work-rule changes when the contract is up in 1994.
Russow said: "The current contract stays the same, but we want to start addressing the changes that are taking place in the racing industry because of the current slump in business. What we want are guarantees of job security and a five-day-minimum race week."