10 April 2019

Thank you very much for your vote of confidence.

I asked for your vote and you gave it.

Now I promise you to fight hard and long to get us what we deserve: to be treated fairly and justly and with all due respect, by our employer, Jack Entertainment.

Between 1989 and 2009, while every surrounding state was building casinos, Ohio voters said, No, No, No and No!!!!  Finally, in November of 2009, 53% of Ohioans said yes to a Constitutional Amendment to allow casinos in the four largest cities (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo).

On May, 14th 2012, Horseshoe Cleveland (20 % Caesars, 80 % Dan Gilbert) opened in the iconic Higbee Building at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. 

On October 1st 2014, Security Officers certified a 5-year contract to have the SPFPA (International Union, Security, Police and Fire Fighters of America) represent them to negotiate rates of pay, wages, benefits, hours of work and other conditions of employment.

In 2015 Mr. Gilbert purchased Caesar’s 20% stake, and rebranded in 2016 as Jack Cleveland Casino.

Which brings us to now.

Our contract ends at midnight, September 30th 2019. 

I notified Director Prebynski and our HR department that we are ready, willing and able to begin negotiations at their convenience.

The actual negotiations will be done by Marc Crawford, International Vice President, Region 1.

I will be present at all times.  When an agreement is made I will present it to you for ratification.

Now is the time, and this website is the vehicle, for you to present any and all ideas that you wish to include or exclude from the new agreement. 

The foundation from which we begin and upon which we will build is the existing unanimous agreement from all our members, that our monetary and benefit package compensation needs to be commensurate with the security duties and responsibilities that we carry out on a daily basis that are critical to the success of Jack Cleveland Casino.

Thank you.

Officer Steve Davies-Tight, President, Local Union 141

Let the interaction begin.


7 thoughts on “STATE OF THE UNION

  1. Finally all up and running I am just testing the waters to 1. see if the system is working and you receive the message. 2. to post some of the questions we have just chatting with the group. Of course we all want a pay raise, overtime pay, look at the call off policy if you are sick. Are we pointed and our PTO taken even with a doctors excuse? Well this is just a few questions. I hope there will be more. One more thing Union meetings. I hear a lot of questions about that.

  2. From Steve: Thanks, Ken. From my experience you are one of our best officers. And we are going to need you if we are going to get to where we all want to be. You have a lot of relevant experience which will help us get through these next 5 months. Please help me to help our union be solid.

  3. We had an issue today. A sleeper at hotel walburger was awakened by a valet he got up and swing a hammer at him and then broke the door at the restaurant. My concern is officer safety. What is management planning to do to ensure our safety

  4. Thank you for voicing your concern regarding officer safety. In response to this immediate concern, I scheduled a meeting with Mark Tricano, Senior Vice President of Operations, for 15 May 2019. Results will appear on this site shortly thereafter.

  5. We deserve better pay and benefits with all the work we do. All the escorts, fills, forced OT, drops on night shift and making sure we keep underages and misreps out of the casino and keep them out of liability. This casino wouldn’t function without us. Other departments get tips along with a regular pay but wouldn’t get those tips without us letting guests into the casino. We are not happy with our current state of the contract.

  6. As far as the pay rate goes, I believe that the Security department (besides surveillance) is the foundation of our property. All shifts work hard and deal with large amounts of stress each night, from the guests to the other departments. We constantly help everyone, including ourselves. An appropriate pay increase and upgraded benefits are honestly deserved. The casino would not function properly without this department, so we at least deserve sensible pay. I adore my job, but the current pay just doesn’t suffice with my personal life.

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