Resorts World and the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council will negotiate a contract following the collection of more than 1,000 employee signatures at the new Aqueduct gaming facility. Genting Malaysia, Resorts World’s owners, had agreed last summer with the New York Lottery not to oppose unionization efforts and to honor the results of any card-check representation process.

In a statement, Resorts World said it, “has been proud of our relationship with organized labor throughout the construction phase of our project and as we hire our 1,500-person strong permanent workforce.”

Since opening the initial phase of Resorts Worlds Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in October, the facility has quickly risen to a share of the top of New York’s racetrack VLT market, along with rival Empire City Casino in Yonkers. With the second phase of the facility opened last week, Aqueduct now operates 5,000 gaming machines, two 250-seat high-end restaurants and 70,000-square-feet of meeting space. A public transportation link, scheduled to be finished next spring, will complete the project.