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WASHINGTON—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on last night’s shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas:
“Our hearts are broken at news of the devastating tragedy in Las Vegas, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. SEIU’s two million members stand in support of our 18,000 members in Nevada, who include the paramedics, nurses, emergency room staff and other hospital workers who responded heroically last night and are still at work treating the wounded. Their brothers and sisters across our union stand ready to support them and their families however possible.
“The unsung acts of heroism like what we’ve seen and heard about in the past few hours are happening far too often. No one should have to live in fear that a simple night out at a concert will turn into a battle for your life. From Baltimore to Chicago to Orlando, gun violence has had a devastating impact on our nation. SEIU members renew our commitment to use every ounce of our energy to unite and fight to end this senseless gun violence. We will not rest until we have won our vision of a just society, where all work is valued and all people are respected, where all families and communities thrive, and where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come”
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy.
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LAS VEGAS, NV—The hard-working women and men who keep Clark County running, who maintain our streets and ensure our water is safe to drink, have voted by a margin of 96% to approve a new collective bargaining agreement between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Nevada Local 1107 and Clark County.
“We stuck together as co-workers, generated thousands of calls to the Board of Commissioners, and rallied at the Government Center to move beyond impasse—when not a single agreement with the county could be reached,” said Brenda Marzan, a senior business systems analyst and vice president of the non-supervisory unit at Clark County. “We’ve secured a good contract by the June 30 deadline that allows us to advance our work and build a better future for our families.”
Following Thursday’s vote count, Michelle Maese, a family services supervisor and member of the union bargaining committee shared how union members turned out in historically high numbers to vote for the three-year agreement. “I’m excited that we’ve won a contract that will strengthen our voice to provide high quality services to all who live, work and visit our community,” stated Maese.
The collective bargaining agreement between SEIU Nevada and Clark County covers more than 5,000 supervisory and non-supervisory employees who provide public services throughout the Las Vegas valley, including the Department of Aviation (McCarran International Airport), Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Water Reclamation District, District Courts and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The new contract runs through June 30, 2020.
SEIU Nevada 1107 represents 18,000 hard working Nevadans in the public sector and at major hospitals across the state. They include nurses, health care workers, clerical staff, social workers, and maintenance workers. Visit www.seiunv.org to find out more about the people who care for all Nevadans.