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Nevada Unions Want the Right to Collectively Bargain

Public employee unions are pushing for the State legislature to give 20,000 union members a voice at work

Brian Young's picture
May 20, 2019

After the 2018 election, UCOMM pointed out that Nevada was the only Right to Work state with full Democratic control. With the rise in power of unions in the state and the growing union population, it only made sense that unions could use this new power to roll back some of the regressive anti-union laws in the state.

One such opportunity is for the state to pass Senate Bill 135 which would give, state workers, the right to collectively bargain. Like in many Right to Work states, the right to bargain collectively has been stripped from public employees in an effort to keep their unions weak and the workers quiet.

The bill, which is listed as a priority to pass for Democrats and has the support of the Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak, was passed out of committee in April and is now awaiting a full vote by the State Senate.

To pressure legislators to pass the bill, AFSCME Local 4041 held a rally at the state office building to remind lawmakers that this bill needs to get passed. They were joined at the rally by AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who flew in from Washington DC. At the rally, Saunders said “They've sacrificed on many occasions when Nevada was in recession. (They) took furloughs, sacrificed, more workloads, higher workloads. Now is the time."

The union estimates that the passage of SB 135 would extend collective bargaining rights to 20,000 state employees. AFSCME was joined at the rally by the Culinary Workers Union, the most powerful union and political force in the state. “What we're saying is you can't be our friend in October and November and forget us in January, February, March, April, and May,” D. Taylor, President of the Culinary Workers said.

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