Detroit casino workers authorize strike

Nov 4, 2015 11:38 AM

Unionized employees at Detroit’s three casinos have voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations break down.

A United Auto Workers spokesman told the Detroit Free Press that several thousand union members at Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino voted in advance of contract discussions to authorize a strike.

The union has at least four negotiating sessions scheduled in the coming weeks with the casinos. The Detroit News reports employees are expected to stay on the job for the time being, with some talks scheduled to take place on Nov. 9.

The financial health of Detroit’s casinos is important to the city, where gambling tax revenues are a significant component of the city’s budget.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].