Workers at two of three Detroit casinos agree to new contract

November 20, 2023
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However, MGM Grand Casino workers rejected the proposal and have reportedly continued striking.

Workers at Hollywood Casino at Greektown and MotorCity Casino have voted to ratify the deal offered to them within the new contract, but local media report that those at MGM Grand Casino have rejected it.

Prior to the weekend, it was reported that the Detroit Casino Council had reached a tentative agreement for five-year contracts for employees of all three of the casinos after 32 days on strike.

It is now being reported, however, that workers from MGM Grand have rejected those proposals and will remain on strike; with more bargaining dates scheduled to work out a new deal that voters will approve.

The new contract is said to include pay rises averaging 18%, no health care cost increases for employees, workload reductions and other job protections, the first-ever technology contract language, retirement increases and a number of other factors.

President and COO of MGM Resorts Midwest Group, Matt Buckley, said in a statement on Monday: “This is a very disappointing result, especially considering the historic nature of our offer and the fact that it would immediately and positively benefit our DCC-represented MGM Grand employees and their families.

“It’s also disappointing because the other two Detroit casinos voted ‘yes’ on ratification.

“All employees were voting on the exact same contract, which the DCC itself said was ‘a historic investment in Detroit’s future’ and ‘fulfills the gaming industry’s promise to Detroit of high-paying casino jobs with good benefits.’”

Last week, before the tentative agreement was reached, it was announced that Detroit casinos had reported a 19.5% decrease in October revenue to $82.8m – most certainly impacted by the ongoing strikes.

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