Detroit Casino Council reaches tentative contract agreement with 3 casinos after month-long strike

Detroit casino workers on strike
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- After months of negotiations and 32 days on strike, the Detroit Casino Council has announced they’ve reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The five-year deal, which affects 3,700 workers at MGM Grand Detroit, Hollywood at Greektown and Motor City Casino, was described by the Detroit Casino Council as the “best agreement in [the] history of [the] Detroit casino industry.”

According to the union, the agreement is now subject to a vote by members.

The announcement is good news for Detroit and Michigan, as the city and state reap tax benefits from casino revenue.

Though MGM Grand Detroit, Hollywood at Greektown and Motor City Casino remained open during the strike, many tables and slot machines went dark, and the trio of casinos reportedly made $20 million less last month than in the month prior.

The Detroit casino strike started Oct. 17 after workers voted almost unanimously in favor of the strike, with workers asking for better wages, protection of their healthcare and a fair workload.

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