For the first time in the history of Detroit casinos, 3,700 workers from five unions have embarked on a strike after new contract negotiations failed. Casino workers started the industrial action after the deadline set for the respective casino managements lapsed at noon on Tuesday, October 17. The workers had earlier recorded a near-unanimous vote on September 29 authorizing the strike.
While the strike is expected to be indefinite, the Detroit Casino Council, which is representing all workers, hopes to effectively bargain across five core issues. Up until noon on Tuesday, they had embarked on 160 hours of full-table negotiations, all of which deadlocked.