DETROIT (WWJ) – The contract between the union and the MotorCity Casino Hotel was extended for 48 hours Sunday, just hours before the deal was set to expire.  A union official tells WWJ there will be no walkout or strike.

Cynthia Boone is with “Unite Here Local 24”, the union that represents the casino workers.

The union claims the casino is refusing to continue contract talks.  A spokeswoman for MotorCity says both sides are talking, there just hasn’t been an agreement.

The breakdown in talks is over the price of health insurance and how much the employees will have to pay, according to Boone.  There are nearly 4,000 employees being represented.

Contracts are up and being negotiated at Greektown and the MGM-Grand, as well as the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Comments (2)
  1. J. Stew says:

    I am a union negotiator working with the team on the contract. There are a number of inaccuracies in this report. First of all Unite HERE does not represent all casino workers. There is a collection of unions, UAW, Operating Engineers, Teamsters and Unite HERE that make up the Detroit Casino Council or DCC. 2nd talks have not broken down. In fact a 48 hour extension has been granted to allow the sides to continue the momentum towards negotiating an agreement. Healthcare is a big negotiating point as it is with employees and employers all over the country. Lastly, Cynthia Boone is not a union official. She is one of us, a regular union worker, down here representing a large group of employees from MotorCity. I know these misrepresentations were not supplied by here because we have been working together all day today.

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