MGM Grand Detroit Reaches Historic Labor Agreement, Ending 47-Day Strike

Following an extended 47-day impasse, the Detroit Casino Council made a historic declaration announcing the approval of an unparalleled labor contract with MGM Grand Detroit. The decision, which ends the walkout that started on October 17, follows suit with similar agreements with MotorCity Casino and Hollywood Casino at Greektown, demonstrating solidarity among the city’s casino employees.

MGM Grand Detroit Workers Celebrate Record Wage Increases

On December 2, the approximately 4,000 members of the Detroit Casino Council made a decisive vote in support of the five-year deal. Workers from a number of unions, including UNITE HERE Local 24, UAW Local 7777, Teamsters Local 1038, Operating Engineers Local 324, and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, presented a united face during the walkout, which was sparked by worries over healthcare and stagnant pay.

With the largest compensation increases in the casino’s history, MGM Grand Detroit employees have secured a stunning triumph under the provisions of the deal. Upon approval, immediate salary increases of $3 per hour, or an average of 18% rise, were approved.

Workers stand to gain a total of $5 per hour over the course of the five-year deal. Notably, the deal includes previously unheard-of employment and technology protections, a bonus possibility, and no increases in healthcare costs or workloads.

Dealer Patrick Nichols, of UAW Local 7777, at MGM Grand Detroit, expressed his happiness with the agreed contract and praised the cooperative efforts of unions and members. The Michigan Advance claimed that he is excited to get back to work.

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The Detroit Casino Council emphasized the importance of the deal in a written statement, highlighting the addition of the first-ever technological safeguards and a paid Juneteenth holiday.

Alicia Weaver, a 24-year MGM Grand Detroit employee who works as a guest room attendant, considered the strike’s wider effects. She noted the MGM family’s togetherness on the picket line and expressed delight in the historic accomplishment. Executives from MGM Resorts International enthusiastically greeted the settlement, looking forward to their team’s return and the ongoing provision of first-rate guest experiences at MGM Grand Detroit.

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