10/12/07

Casino unions authorize strike

Labor unions representing more than 6,000 workers at Detroit’s three casinos could go on strike if agreements on new contracts are not in place by Tuesday, the date on which current pacts expire. Talks continue between the casinos and the Detroit Casino Council that voted Wednesday to authorize a walkout if bargaining fails.

The strike threat comes as MGM Grand Detroit Casino has just launched its permanent hotel and casino complex Oct. 2. MotorCity Casino, owned by Detroit Entertainment L.L.C., is scheduled for the grand opening of its permanent complex on Nov. 1. Greektown Casino L.L.C., in the midst of hotel and parking garage construction, expects to open its permanent units next year.

The council, a coalition of five unions, is composed of the United Auto Workers, representing dealers, slot technicians, cage cashiers and money handlers; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing delivery, warehouse, clerks and landscapers; the Operating Engineers, representing engineering staff; the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, representing food and beverage, slot change and porter staff; and the Carpenters Union, representing the carpenters.

(crainsdetroit.com)

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