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Union workers at Detroit's casinos vote to authorize strike

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Union workers at Detroit's three casinos have voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations break down.

United Auto Workers spokesman Brian Rothenberg tells the Detroit Free Press that several thousand union members at Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino voted on Monday to authorize a strike in advance of contract discussions.

Rothenberg says the union has at least four negotiating sessions scheduled in the coming weeks with the casinos.

The Detroit News reports employees are expected to stay on the job for the time being, with some talks scheduled to take place on Nov. 9.

The financial health of Detroit's casinos is important to the city, where gambling tax revenues are a component of the city's budget.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
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