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Detroit Casinos Reach Tentative Deal With 3,700 Workers To End Strike

Workers at three properties went on strike on Oct. 17, now have tentative 64-month contract




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A month-long strike involving 3,700 Detroit casino workers is set to end, as the Detroit Casino Council and the city’s three casinos announced they reached a tentative agreement for a new 64-month contract. 

The press release shares that a ratification vote by union members will be held soon. The strike began on Oct. 17, and it included 3,700 workers from MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Hollywood Casino at Greektown.  

“We are thrilled that a tentative agreement has been reached, marking a positive step forward in our union negotiations with the Detroit Casino Council,” Bruce Dall, president of MotorCity Casino Hotel, said in a statement. “We take pride in providing exceptional jobs and benefits that support and reward our dedicated workforce, and we look forward to ratification of the deal.”

Details of the deal

Workers went on strike seeking improved wages and healthcare benefits, among other items. The joint press release from the DCC suggests the two sides are pleased with the tentative contract agreement. 

The press release says the tentative agreement includes “significant wage increases, including an immediate double-digit percent pay increase, workload reductions, healthcare and technology protections, and several other details important to both DCC-represented employees and the casino operators.”

“We’re pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the DCC on a new contract that ends the strike while giving a historic pay increase to our DCC-represented employees,” Matt Buckley, president and COO, Midwest Group, MGM Resorts International, said in a statement. 

The strike led to a clear dip in October casino revenue, which should soon be remedied with workers returning to their jobs and the casinos being able to operate at full capacity again. The striking workers also called for a boycott of casino apps earlier this week. 

“We appreciate the productive and respectful negotiations with the DCC and are eager to welcome back our team members as soon as possible,” John Drake, vice president and general manager at Hollywood Casino at Greektown, said in a statement.

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