As of Sunday evening, the strike at the three casinos in Detroit remains ongoing. While the members ratified a proposed new five-year contract, those of the MGM Grand Casino rejected the deal. The employees at the casinos will continue seeking further bargaining dates with MGM to continue contract talks. This marks an unprecedented move within the history of the Detroit casino industry as over 2,100 employees have begun returning to work at Hollywood Casino at Greektown and MotorCity Casino.
The proposed new contract stipulates that the workers will receive an immediate $3/hr pay increase, which will increase to $5/hr over the life of the contract, equaling to an average wage increase of 18%. On the other hand, MGM Grand rejected the new contract offering and closure remains uncertain. The casinos remained operational but faced service cutbacks and revenue declines amid the reduced workforce. The new contracts ensure no increase in health care costs for employees, lighter workloads, and additional job protections. Employees are now eligible for up to $1,000 in 401k employer match contributions and the inclusion of Juneteenth as a paid holiday.
This new development is a significant win for the union workers, as the settlements represent an endeavor for economic justice, and have resulted in significant gains for American workers across various industries. The five unions representing the employees, which include UNITE HERE Local 24, UAW Local 7777, Teamsters Local 1038, Operating Engineers Local 324, and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, stand in solidarity with their members in the pursuit of their rights.
With the ongoing negotiations and contracts, workers in Detroit are looking towards a future with better pay, benefits, and labor rights. Join us as we keep you updated on the latest from the Detroit casino industry!