Casino Re-Opened

By: News 10
By: News 10

DETROIT (AP) -- Faced Wednesday with a possible work stoppage by more than 1,000 unionized employees, one of the three decided to close itself.
Security guards at MotorCity Casino, just north of downtown, asked gamblers already inside to leave and turned away dozens of others at the doors prior to a noon contract extension deadline.
Union workers were asked to leave or were denied entry into the casino, said Teamsters spokesman Leon Cooper.
The casino reopened later in the day after the contract was settled.
Job security, benefits, health insurance and wage increases are the main issues in the contract negotiations between the Detroit casinos and their unions, which include the Teamsters, the United Auto Workers and others. Of immediate concern to the city and state is the loss of nearly $170,000 daily in wagering taxes from MotorCity alone.
MotorCity, Greektown and MGM Grand reported combined revenue of $1.3 billion last year. The state received nearly $158 million in taxes on that money. Detroit received more than $155 million.
Detroit chief financial officer Roger Short said in a statement that the city receives about $450,000 daily in tax revenue from all three casinos.
MGM Grand and Greektown both extended their contracts with their union.


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