Two unions and the owners of Hollywood Casino Toledo and Hollywood Casino Columbus reached a tentative deal for a new contract on Thursday evening, avoiding a strike that could have started as soon as midnight.
The four-year agreement includes wages that are “a significant increase over any contract [workers have] seen since the casinos have been in Ohio,” said Eric Sweeney, staff representative for International Steelworkers Local 1-346, who was at the bargaining table in Columbus.
“It’s a pretty historical deal for them,” he said of casino workers.
There are roughly 900 unionized workers between the two casinos, about half represented by the Steelworkers, and the others by the United Auto Workers union. They are all under the same contract.