Tentative agreement reached in Detroit casinos strike ⋆

This is a breaking story that will be updated.

After a month-long strike by unionized workers at MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City Casino, and Hollywood Casino at Greektown, the union announced Friday that a tentative agreement has been reached for a new contract.

About 3,700 workers at Detroit’s three major casinos were called on to walk off the job on Oct. 17 after negotiations for a new contract failed. None of the companies have yet responded to requests for comment.

The strike came a month after the United Auto Workers (UAW) declared a historic strike against the Detroit Three auto manufacturers — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis — all at the same time. It was the first time in the union’s history it went on strike against all three automakers simultaneously and votes on the tentative agreements are taking place. 

The casino workers are represented by the Detroit Casino Council (DCC) and consists of many different kinds of workers at the casino including valets, food and beverage workers, dealers and more.

Casino workers are represented by the Detroit Casino Council (DCC), which is composed of UNITE HERE Local 24, the United Auto Workers, Teamsters Local 1038, Operating Engineers Local 324, and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. These five unions represent most of the workers at the three casinos in Detroit.

UNITE HERE Local 24 said the tentative agreement was the “[b]est agreement in [the] history of Detroit casino industry,” on social media on Friday

The agreement will have to be voted upon by members.

The casinos remained open during the strike. However, statistics released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board on Tuesday showed that revenue for in-person gaming at the three casinos were down $20 million in October compared to the same month last year — the lowest month for Detroit casinos since December 2020 when casinos were shut down for most of the month because of COVID-19 restrictions.

On Wednesday evening, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler joined striking workers at a Motor City Casino rally.

“It’s time for Detroit casinos to quit gambling with their workers’ livelihoods,” Shuler said.

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