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Detroit casinos, workers resuming contract talks this week

Nov 8, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is hoping for peace between the city's casinos and thousands of workers.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  Contract talks are expected to resume Monday. Taxes from casinos account for about 16 percent of Detroit's revenue or roughly $170 million a year. Duggan tells the Detroit Free Press that he hopes labor and management "find a middle ground and work it out."

Workers at Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino have authorized a strike, although everyone still is on the job. Detroit's chief financial officer, John Hill, says a strike wouldn't be good.

  Sandra Poinsetta of Unite Here Local 24 says health care costs are an issue. MGM Grand spokeswoman Mary Hynes says "negotiations are progressing."