Employees at the MGM Grand Detroit have officially approved a new contract with their employer, ending a 47-day strike. These employees are members of the Detroit Casino Council union, which represents almost 4,000 workers from the city’s three casinos. The approval of the 5-year contract came following a strike at the casino and two other Detroit casinos in October. The strike was due to issues of wages and health care not covering the cost of living.
The new agreement, which affects nearly 1,700 workers, includes an average instant wage increase of 18%, a reduction in workload, and no increase in health care costs for workers. This was a significant win for the employees, as commented by Gabriel Robert Hernandez, a member of Teamsters Local 1038 and a personal attendant at the MGM Grand Detroit. MGM executives also expressed their excitement to welcome their team back and continue providing guests with the entertainment experiences for which the MGM Grand Detroit is known.
In addition, around 2,100 workers at MotorCity Casino and Hollywood Casino at Greektown ratified an agreement, ending a 34-day strike at the two properties. These workers will reportedly receive an instant $3 hourly raise for a total of $5 per hour over the course of the contract. They will also benefit from reduced workload, technology protections, and no increase in health care costs.
However, there was disappointment from the management as some DCC-represented employees voted to reject the contract that the overall majority had approved. Despite this setback, the approval of the new contracts at these Detroit casinos has brought an end to the strikes and will allow for the continuation of day-to-day operations, providing a sense of stability for both employees and the casinos.