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October 19, 2011
Detroit casinos, unions reach 4-year deal
Source: The Detroit News
By: Jaclyn Trop

Detroit's three casinos and their workers at five unions reached a tentative deal Wednesday for a four-year contract, a casino spokeswoman said.

Details were not available, but Yvette Monet of MGM Resorts in Las Vegas — the parent firm of Detroit's largest casino, the MGM Grand Detroit — said a tentative agreement had been forged.

The original contract ratified in 2007 expired on Sunday. A two-time extension of negotiations was set to end at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

MGM, Greektown Casino Hotel and MotorCity Casino Hotel have been negotiating with a council of five unions including United Auto Workers Local 7777 and UNITE-HERE Local 24, representing hospitality workers. Workers at all five unions authorized a strike if negotiations failed.

The Detroit council also includes workers from Teamsters Local 372, which represents valet and warehouse employees; Operating Engineers Local 547, which represents engineers and other trades positions; and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters.

The three casinos have 7,090 licensed employees, though other workers are not required to be licensed by the state's regulatory board.

The other casinos and the UAW didn't respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.



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