Detroit Casino Workers Continue Demanding Better Conditions and Wages

Workers at Detroit’s three casinos are continuing their strike in hopes of securing better conditions, according to an update posted by the Detroit Casino Council. In a video update, the council’s negotiating committee discussed the latest developments in their ongoing battle for improved benefits and wages.

The committee reported that the companies have decreased their offer for healthcare premium costs from $60 to $40, but the committee is seeking to maintain a zero premium. Additionally, on the issue of wages, the companies have offered a $1.95 per hour increase in the first year of the contract, while the union is holding out for a $3.25 increase.

The Detroit Casino Council is made up of members from various unions, including Unite Here Local 24, United Auto Workers, Teamsters Local 1038, Operating Engineers Local 324, and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. Together, these unions represent the majority of workers at Detroit’s three casinos: Hollywood Casino at Greektown, MGM Grand Detroit, and MotorCity Casino.

Last month, approximately 3,700 workers at the casinos went on strike after negotiations failed to result in new contracts. Despite the strike, the casinos continue to operate. The council cited the casinos’ significant revenue, with the three establishments reportedly generating $2.27 billion in gaming revenue in 2022 and on track to break revenue records this year.

The casino operators have expressed their commitment to reaching fair contracts with the unions. However, the strike continues as workers advocate for improved conditions and terms of employment.

As the negotiations continue, the workers remain steadfast in their efforts to secure better wages and benefits in their contracts with the casino operators.