UAW Casino Workers To Get $4,000 Signing Bonuses.
In an effort to demonstrate that the UAW is Occupy Wall Street Certified…”We are the 99%” it appears that a deal has been reached between the UAW and MGM Grand casino workers that includes among other things, a $4,000 ratification bonus.
Helped by a mediator, unionized casino workers and management at MGM Grand Detroit late Tuesday night apparently agreed to a new deal that will go before workers of the city’s largest casino who last week rejected a previous four-year contract proposal.
Two members of the UAW Local 7777 posted notices on the union’s Facebook page that a tentative deal had been reached, without going into detail. A union spokesman couldn’t be reached late Tuesday night to confirm the deal.
But a card games dealer for MGM who asked not to be named because he doesn’t have union authorization to speak said MGM upped the signing bonus by $500, now up to a maximum of $4,000 paid at ratification, plus a raise of 2% or 30 cents per hour, whichever is higher, in the last year of the four-year contract.
The card dealer said the mediated proposal appears to do away with extra deductibles before health coverage kicks in of $250 per year for an individual and $500 for a family. But casino workers would still pay significantly higher premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and new premiums for HAP insurance.
MGM Grand workers overwhelmingly rejected a previous four-year deal just days after workers at the city’s other casinos, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown Casino-Hotel, overwhelmingly approved similar contracts. MGM is said to be in the best financial shape of Detroit’s casinos, and workers were resentful about taking concessions at a time of profit at the city’s largest casino by revenue and market share. Source: Matt Helms. Detroit Free Press.