Roughly 3,700 casino employees in Detroit, Michigan walked out of their jobs at noon Tuesday after contract negotiations proved futile, unions representing the workers said.
“After we helped Detroit’s gaming industry get back on its feet, business is booming, but the people who make the casinos run are still struggling,” said Nia Winston, president of Unite Here Local 24. “Our goal is to reach a fair deal, but unfortunately, we’re still far apart. If the companies cannot do better, then we are prepared to strike.”
Employees of all levels and stations at MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, Hollywood Casino and Greektown joined the protest after the unions failed to agree on new wages and healthcare packages. The move happened hours after the casinos’ contracts with the Unite Here union expired.