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Casino Workers at Three Detroit Locations Ratify Contracts

Detroit’s economy has struggled more than most of America’s metropolitan areas. That’s why Teamsters there know the value of a union contract.

The recent ratification of a contract for Teamsters at the MGM Grand Detroit wraps up a trio of great contracts for Detroit’s Teamster casino workers. Teamsters at the MGM Grand Detroit join Greektown Casino and MotorCity Casino Hotel, who approved their contracts in late 2011.

“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,” 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 for those in the Detroit Casino Council, which represents nearly 6,000 union members at the three Detroit casinos. Local 372, which represents Teamsters at these three casinos, is a member of 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.”

“We organized these workers back in 1999 and 2000. They’re hard workers and great Teamsters who know how to stick together during tough times,” said Ron Renaud, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 372. 

Greektown

In October 2011, casino workers voted by a 3-to-1 margin to ratify a new, four-year agreement with Greektown Casino in Detroit. The valet, front desk, phone operators, warehouse, grounds and general workers are represented by Local 372. 

“I’m extremely happy with the supportive vote today for all the hard work that this bargaining committee went through to get the best possible contract for our membership,” said Tavara McCree, an 11-year employee of the Greektown Casino and member of the Local 372 bargaining committee. “The vote proves that the process works.” 

“I’m proud of our bargaining team and the Teamsters working at Greektown Casino who gave us the leverage we needed to bargain a fair and equitable contract in very difficult economic times,” Sawyer said. “Our members turned out in huge numbers and voted by a three to one margin to support this bargaining team.” 

MotorCity

MotorCity Casino workers in Detroit voted to ratify their agreement shortly after the Greektown contract was ratified. The valets, front desk staff, phone operators, warehouse, grounds and general workers are represented by Local 372.

“As a trustee of the local and a member of the bargaining team for Local 372, I’m elated with the vote,” said member Mark Williams, a valet that has worked for nine years at MotorCity Casino Hotel. “Our team worked hard on seeking out the concerns of the members, bringing those concerns to the table in a tough set of negotiations, and then through the democratic process, receiving a positive reaction to that hard work. It’s time to get back to work making MotorCity Casino Hotel one of the best venues to visit in the Midwest.”

“This was a tough set of contract talks when you factor in the difficulty of our region, but our bargaining team worked hard with our membership and at the negotiation table to get the best possible agreement for our members,” said Dave DeLong, President of Local 372.
 

Teamster Casinos

The Teamsters Union represents workers at casinos nationwide. Here’s a list of some of the casinos where Teamsters are employed. 

  • Bally’s Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

  • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

  • Caesars Riverboat Casino, Elizabeth, Ind.

  • Circus Circus, Las Vegas

  • Excalibur Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

  • Flamingo, Las Vegas

  • Four Queens Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

  • Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

  • Harrah’s, Las Vegas

  • Harrah’s Tunica Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Miss.

  • Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino

  • Luxor, Las Vegas

  • OLG Casino Point Edward, Point Edward, Ontario

  • OLG Casino Thousand Islands, Gananoque, Ontario

  • Trump Plaza Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, N.J.

  • Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

  • Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

  • Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

  • Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas

  • Tropicana, Atlantic City

  • Tropicana, Crestview Hills, Ky.

 

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