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MGM Grand Detroit Workers End 47-Day Strike with Deal
Detroit saw a resolution as workers at MGM Grand Detroit concluded their 47-day strike by voting to ratify a new contract. The agreement marks a significant milestone for nearly 4,000 members of the Detroit Casino Council, encompassing employees across three casinos in the city.
Unity and Agreements Across Detroit Casinos
Unionized workers from MGM Grand Detroit, Hollywood Casino at Greektown, and MotorCity Casino initiated the strike on October 17, pressing for better healthcare coverage and wage adjustments that align with the cost of living. The recent accord, spanning five years and covering approximately 1,700 employees, boasts an immediate 18% pay raise, work reduction initiatives, and a freeze on healthcare costs. Notably, the union represents a diverse array of roles, including dealers, cleaners, and valets.
Voices of Victory and Normalcy Restored
Gabriel Robert Hernandez, a valet at MGM Grand Detroit and member of Teamsters Local 1038, highlighted the collective victory in securing improved wages and healthcare amidst pandemic challenges. Meanwhile, MGM executives expressed readiness to resume standard operations, aiming to continue offering the renowned entertainment experiences at MGM Grand Detroit. Matt Buckley, President and COO of Midwest Group at MGM Resorts International, conveyed enthusiasm for the return of their team, signaling a return to normalcy.