The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Casino Workers in Detroit:
We’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Oct 16, 2023

A couple of weeks ago, casino workers in Detroit voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They include everyone from cleaners, to cooks, to servers, to gaming employees. At the time, some of the workers interviewed in the media spoke from the heart—about everything from their low wages; to the price of groceries and rent and everything going up; to how, weren’t these jobs supposed to be the answer for workers in Detroit when auto plants closed and people’s livelihoods were pulled out from under them?

Well, these casino jobs weren’t the answer, since, 24 years later, workers are saying they need wages to make sure one job in a casino should be enough to live on, that they shouldn’t pay more for their health care benefits, and that they should have better retirement benefits. That’s why some workers are invoking the powerful words of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, “We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.” And this resonated with workers in the city who heard these casino workers speak.