MGM Grand Detroit workers reject contract, will stay on the job | Crain's Detroit Business
Unionized workers at the MGM Grand Detroit casino have voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract.
The rejection comes after workers at Greektown Casino-Hotel and MotorCity Casino Hotel both approved the contract.
Employees voted 1,481 to 292 against the contract, according to the Facebook page of UAW Local 7777, one of five unions that make up the Detroit Casino Council coalition of unions.
Also in the council: Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 24, Teamsters Local 372, Operating Engineers Local 547 and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters.
The unions are reportedly planning to picket in front of the casino this weekend, but employees will be reporting to work.
The action follows a tense stare-down last week that nearly resulted in a strike.
The Detroit Casino Council authorized a strike two weeks ago, then filed two extensions before reaching an agreement in principal last Wednesday.
The deal reportedly includes a $2,500 signing bonus for employees but also a deductable for health insurance coverage.
MotorCity Casino has struggled somewhat financially because, among other things, it hasn't produced what had been anticipated and Mrs. Ilitch has leveraged its assets more highly than had been projected. But even more significant, Marian Ilitch and her unlicensed gambling partner Michael Malik are draining millions from MotorCity Casino out of Detroit to finance their failed quests to open additional gambling halls in New York, California and Hawaii. It's a shame that they're draining profits at the same time they're telling MotorCity Casino workers they'll have to start paying for health care or be faced with job loses. Ilitch and her husband Mike are now worth $2 billion -- that's $300,000 more than a year ago.
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