Metro Detroit casino workers OK contracts

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Workers at Detroit’s casinos Sunday ratified labor contracts that include a $4,250 signing bonus and hourly wage increases of 2 percent and 3 percent in the fourth and fifth years, respectively, according an announcement on the union’s website.

The workers’ vote comes about a week after the Detroit Casino Council reached a tentative deal with the MGM Grand, the MotorCity Casino and the Greektown Casino. The council is a combination of United Here Local 24, UAW Local 7777, Teamsters Local 372 and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324.

Workers at the MGM Grand approved the contract 76 percent to 24 percent , MotorCity Casino employees endorsed it 85 percent to 15 percent, and 95 percent of Greektown Casino’s workers OK’d it, according to the website Sunday.

The contract, which covers about 6,000 workers, goes into effect immediately. The casinos’ previous contracts expired Oct. 16.

Steve Zanella, president and chief operating officer of MGM Grand Detroit, said the casino welcomes the news.

“We’re pleased team members have ratified a contract that addresses the needs of union workers and their families as well as those of our company,” he said in a statement Sunday. “Together, we crafted an agreement that reflects the priorities identified by Union members: maintaining current health-care plans while providing both wage increases and bonuses.”

According to the union, some of the highlights of the contract are:

■Maintain HAP/Blue Cross health plans with no additional premium costs

■$4,250 lump sum signing bonus

■Hourly wage increases of 2 percent in the fourth year; and 3 percent in the fifth.

■Continued protections on sub-contracting

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