Among the workers calling for increased pay are Jamil Johnson, a 16-year employee at MGM Grand Detroit. The 52-year-old Detroit resident is a server at D.PRIME Steakhouse in the casino.
“We are the workers that made financial sacrifices and extended our contract so that the casinos could weather the storm during COVID,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he was diagnosed with COVID twice while working his job and spent three weeks in the hospital.
“The one thing though that kept me sane was the fact that our union negotiated for us substantial health care so that I would have the ability to take care of my family while being in hospital,” he said. “Unfortunately, the casinos are trying to take that away from us right now. We want economic justice and we want to maintain our current health care.”