Striking Detroit Workers Ask For Boycott

Striking Detroit Workers Ask For Boycott
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Striking casino workers in Detroit are attempting to extend their impact on the city’s three casinos by asking gaming customers to boycott four Michigan online casino platforms affiliated with the brick-and-mortar facilities in the city.

About 3,700 workers at the three casinos have been on strike since Oct. 17. The members of the union – the Detroit Casino Council – are demanding improvements in wages, protection for their healthcare, improved job security, and fair workloads.

However, all three casinos have access to online customers through their mobile platforms. In an effort to make an impact in cyberspace, the Detroit Casino Council, which represents the workers, said over the weekend that it is asking the public to boycott some online gaming platforms. It’s an attempt to establish a virtual picket line.

The iCasino platforms the union is targeting are FanDuel Michigan Online Casino (which is paired with MotorCity Casino), soon-to-be-launched ESPN BET and Hollywood iCasino (Hollywood Casino at Greektown) and BetMGM (MGM Grand Detroit). The union said the online platforms are critical sources of revenue for the companies that operate the Detroit casinos, which remain open during the labor stoppage but with reduced services.

In addition, the Detroit Casino Council plans a digital ad campaign aimed at users of the platforms informing them of the ongoing labor dispute. The workers on strike include dealers, cleaning staff, food and beverage workers, valets, engineers and others.

The union added in a news release that a number of gambling apps are not being targeted in the boycott, such as Michigan Caesars Palace Online Casino, Caesars Sportsbook, WynnBET, DraftKings and Sports Illustrated Sportsbook, among others.

Casino Union Lists Its Reasons For Strike

The union contends that In September 2020, as the COVOD-19 pandemic was ravaging the gaming industry along with much of the rest of the U.S. economy, workers agreed to a three-year contract extension with minimal wage increases to help the local gaming industry weather the financial storm.

Since then, the union contends, Detroit casino workers have received only 3% raises as inflation has risen much higher. will keep track of the latest developments in the labor stoppage, plus more industry news and the best Michigan sportsbook promos on the market.



Bill Ordine

Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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