Detroit Casino Workers Threaten to Strike

by admin / Nov 06, 2015 / 0 comments

Casino workers in Detroit could be heading to the picket line. City's nearly 6,000 casino workers authorized union leaders to call a strike if necessary in what has been a difficult and complex round of contract discussions between the Detroit Casino Council and the city's three gambling halls.

That means, the conditions are right for a strike if workers at the MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City and Greektown casinos are unhappy with the way negotions go.

The workers say back in 1999 when the casinos opened, they were promised steady, full-time jobs. The workers say now, though, that they are now being told some jobs are becoming part time and that they are being asked to chip in more money for insurance.

A strike at the three casinos would threaten to shut down one of Detroit's major tourist attractions and the city's No. 1 source of tax revenue. Taxes from casino gaming have lately represented about 16% of the City of Detroit's total revenues, or just under $170 million.

Those negotiations continue on Monday, Nov. 9.

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