Local 501 is a team of united members who tirelessly strive to protect the rights, wages and benefits of working people. Through our enthralling commitment to all Unionists we will grow and conquer the labor workforce.
The 2015 Nevada Legislative Session has ended. As we sort through the final reports and wait for the Governor to sign or veto Legislation, I am sending this preliminary report so that you will know the status of key issues.
Attacked on Day One
From day one, labor was under attack at the session and that attack continued each day. Republicans in the legislature were pushing bills to destroy labor and the middle class in Nevada.
Your Voices were Loud and Clear!
YOU are the ones who stepped up to the plate by knocking on doors to inform voters of the assault on workers’ rights, wages, retirements, and health benefits. YOU volunteered your time to knock on over 80,000 doors, collecting thousands of postcards to deliver to legislators. YOU made it abundantly clear that we were not going to stand idly by as Republican politicians attempted to dismantle the middle class.
For that, I thank each and every one of you. Your lobby team worked tirelessly and worked together for 120 days and we were able to modify or defeat all the draconian bills that would have destroyed labor.
Some of the Key Issues
Prevailing Wage: Public Projects under $250,000 will not be prevailing wage. But, the original proposals ran as high as $1,000,000. Prevailing wage for school construction was resurrected on the last day of the session with a compromise that on schools and universities workers would receive 90% of the hourly prevailing wage.
PLA’s: There was a bill, which would have effectively done away with PLA’s on public projects. The bill was amended to exclude the airport and the water authority, which have the bulk of the public PLA work
Collective Bargaining: At least 9 collective bargaining bills were filed that would have ended collective bargaining, or drastically changed it. In the end, there were three changes to the law
End Fund Balance: There were a number of bills that would open collective bargaining agreements when a local government was in financial trouble. In the end, the major change was allowing the municipalities put 16.6% of their budget that would not be subject to bargaining.
Misclassification in Construction Industry: Language was passed to further clarify the definition of independent contractor. This is a positive movement to change the way some contractors use employees as independent contractors
UBER: After many stops and starts UBER will be allowed to operate in the state under the watch of the Nevada Transportation Authority. There are many restrictions on Uber, including finger printing and background checks.
Bad Bills that Died
As we look towards 2016, we need lawmakers who will work to move us forward, not backwards. We need to send a simple message for the politicians who viciously attacked Nevada’s middle class and who wanted to destroy labor in the legislative session: NEVER AGAIN!
Join us as we plan for the next election. NEVER AGAIN, A YEAR OF ACTION starts today! Register voters, educate workers at the work sites, talk to members in their living rooms. Make sure our members vote. NEVER AGAIN! AYEAR OF ACTION!
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