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Tentative deal reached between Detroit casinos and unions

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After a round of negotiations lasting six days, a tentative agreement has been reached between the Detroit Casino Council and Detroit's three casinos - MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity and Greektown.

The new contract would cover approximately 7,000 workers.

The Detroit Casino Council and the casinos began contract negotiations on Aug. 24.

The previous contract expired on Oct. 16, at which time the Union Negotiating Committee and Greektown, MGM Grand and MotorCity agreed to extend the contract until Oct. 26 to continue working towards an agreement, according to an update on Unite Here Local 24's website.

Key issues have included health coverage, wage increases and bonuses.

Unite Here Local 24 posted an update on their website on Monday:

THE TENTATIVE CONTRACT HAS ACHIEVED MEMBERSHIP GOALS: Maintaining our HAP/Blue Cross health plans with no additional premium costs $4,250 Lump Sum Bonus Wage Increases – Year 4: 2% or .30¢. Year 5: 3% or .45¢ One (1) additional sick/personal day for part-timers, after five years of employment [Currently 2 days after two years, so it would now be 3 days after 5 years] Improvements to part-timers scheduling and seniority issues Continued protections on sub-contracting Departmental and Classifications Improvements

Detroit leaders have kept a close eye on the labor deal because the casinos are a huge source of tourism and tax revenue for the city.

Informational meetings and contract ratification votes will be scheduled this week.

A union representative could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

- Paulette Parker, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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