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Striking workers reach deal with Detroit casinos

Greektown Casino Hotel, Detroit
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Greektown Casino Hotel, Detroit

If the five-year deal is ratified, workers will receive wage increases, improved retirement benefits, and a reduction in workload.

After a month on strike, unionized casino workers have a reached a tentative agreement with Motor City Casino, MGM Grand, and Hollywood Casino at Greektown.

The Detroit Casino Council negotiated the deal. It’s a group of five unions including the Teamsters and the United Auto Workers.

All three casinos saw a drop in revenue last month, making about 20-percent less than they did in October of 2022.

Gwen Mills is the National Secretary Treasurer of the union UNITE HERE. She says the strike hurt their bottom line:

“I think was workers on the outside instead of on the inside talking to customers picketing entrances you know Detroit a union down and so people stayed away from the casinos and it showed in terms of revenue.”

Benefits of the deal include: 18-percent wage increases, a drop in workload and other duties, and no reduction in health care coverage. Workers will vote on whether to ratify the deal on Sunday.