STATE OF THE UNION
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.
Officer Steve Davies-Tight, President, Local Union 141
Let the interaction begin.