The ongoing strike by 3,700 workers at MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Hollywood Casino at Greektown is causing disruptions in Detroit’s gaming scene. The strike has resulted in temporary closures and service changes at all three casinos, impacting valet services and various amenities.
Although the casinos remain open, the absence of valet services has forced patrons to use self-parking garages exclusively. MotorCity Casino has experienced closures in high-limit table games, first-floor slots, poker rooms, D.TOUR Spa, Lacquer Gift Shop, and the radio bar. Hollywood Casino at Greektown has adjusted its services, reducing restaurant hours and impacting beverage offerings.
The strike has also had a significant financial impact, with substantial revenue losses for October. Each casino reported losses ranging from $5 million to $7 million, and the overall market shares for October were 46% for MGM, 31% for MotorCity, and 23% for Hollywood Casino at Greektown. The October revenue figures showed an 18% drop in revenue compared to the previous month, with the three casinos collectively reporting $82.8 million in revenue.
The Detroit Casino Council, representing workers from five different unions, is advocating for improved healthcare, better wages, job security, and fair workloads. Kimberly Rector, a worker at MotorCity Casino, expressed the workers’ determination to continue striking until they achieve their goals.
The strike has also affected retail sports betting, with a 23% decline in handle and a 46.9% year-over-year decrease in revenue. The future looks challenging for Detroit’s gaming industry, with potential greater losses anticipated in the coming months.
As a result of the strike, taxes paid to the state and city have also decreased significantly, with a total decline of $3.9 million compared to October 2022. The ongoing strike and its fallout have not only impacted gaming revenue but also other aspects of the casino industry in Detroit.