(DETROIT) – Casino workers at MGM Grand Detroit voted tonight to ratify a new, four-year agreement – the final of three casino contacts to be approved. The valet, front desk, phone operators, warehouse, grounds and general workers are represented by Teamsters Local 372 in Detroit, a member of the Detroit Casino Council.
With this final ratification, the MGM Grand Detroit Teamsters joined the members at Greektown Casino and MotorCity Casino Hotel who overwhelmingly approved their contracts on Oct 24 and 25, respectively.
“After all of the hard work in obtaining a fair agreement, and it was extremely difficult, I’m pleased that the membership backed us up with the yes vote today,” said Taryn D. Warr, a five-year employee of MGM Grand Detroit that works as a Front Desk Representative and was a member of negotiating team. “These Teamsters work hard for the pay and benefits they receive in providing the best possible service to the Casino guests, and I’m just proud to have been part of the process with helping them have a voice at the table.”
Each of the three agreements includes ratification bonuses with a 2 percent wage increase in year four. Also, health care plans were maintained, however now there is an increase cost-sharing by members represented by the four unions in the Detroit Casino Council.
“The dedicated and passionate work that the bargaining team and the entire Detroit Casino Council put into getting the best possible contract is to be commended,” said Veronica Sawyer, Teamsters International Representative and chief spokesperson for the Local 372 bargaining committee. “I’m just so proud of the council membership who gave this excellent team the leverage it needed to get this contract. Now that the agreement has been ratified, it’s time to show customers in this region that Detroit is the Midwest destination for excellent gaming and service.”
The Detroit Casino Council represents nearly 6,000 union members at three casinos in Detroit. Still to vote are workers at MotorCity and MGM Grand Detroit casinos.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to www.teamster.org.