Detroit Evening Report: Strike ends for MotorCity, Hollywood casino workers

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Unionized casino workers rallied in front of MotorCity Casino in Detroit on Nov. 15, 2023.

Unionized casino workers rallied in front of MotorCity Casino in Detroit on Nov. 15, 2023.

Workers represented by the Detroit Casino Council have ratified a new contract agreement with Hollywood and MotorCity casinos, ending the 34-day strike at both properties.

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MGM Grand Casino union employees rejected the proposal and will remain on strike until a new agreement is made. 

The five-year contract with MotorCity and Hollywood, which affects 2,100 employees, will include the largest wage increases ever negotiated in the Detroit casino industry’s 23-year history, no health care cost increases for employees, workload reductions, first-ever technology contract language and more. Upon ratification, workers will receive an immediate $3 an hour raise (average 18% wage increase in year one) and $5 an hour total raises over the life of the contract.

Membership at each casino property voted separately about whether to accept the deal.

“We fought to defend our healthcare and win historic wages, and we won,” said Terri Sykes, a dealer at MotorCity Casino for 24 years and president of UAW Local 7777, one of the five unions represented by the Detroit Casino Council, in a statement. “As a two-time breast-cancer survivor, I feel relieved knowing we have protected our healthcare with no increased costs. We stood strong — five unions united — showing it’s possible to win big when workers do brave things and stick together.”

WDET’s Russell McNamara contributed to this report.

Other headlines for Monday, Nov. 20, 2023:

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.