Our 300-member bargaining unit work at either the Convention Center or Cashman Center, in positions ranging from building engineer to security officer. We successfully negotiated a five-year contract for our bargaining unit effective July 10, 2013, and which runs through June 30, 2018. It secured 3% cost-of-living adjustments in Years 1, 2, and 3 (fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016), 2.5% in Year 4 (fiscal year 2017), and 2% in Year 5 (fiscal year 2018).
The convention center encompasses about 3.2 million square feet, and is one of the most modern and functional such facilities in the world. Cashman Center includes a 10,000-seat outdoor sports stadium that’s home to Las Vegas Area 51s triple-A baseball franchise; a nearly 2,000-seat state-of-the-art theater; meeting rooms; and exhibit hall space. In total, the convention authority employs about 485 people.
Vice President R.J. Liepins
Chief Steward Maureen Allred
Steward Dave Sizemore
Steward Rick Vickery
Steward Karla Nolan
Steward August Hodges
Steward Jeff Ray
Steward Leo Downey
Vice President Miles Rodela
Chief Steward Bruce (Tommy) Osborne
Steward Dustin Amatori
They have requested bills that would slash public pensions and eliminate workplace protections that secure decent pay and benefits for many working families. There’s a very real threat that these bills could become law.
Working Nevadans – teachers, nurses, healthcare workers, bus drivers, custodians and thousands of others – care deeply about our state. We aren’t responsible for Nevada’s budget woes; irresponsible behavior on Wall Street, and in Carson City and Washington, D.C., is.
ALL Nevadans deserve a living wage and a secure retirement. Please help us persuade politicians to focus on providing a better life for ALL working families, not racing to the bottom by reducing or eliminating decent pay and pensions for some.
Two months ago, we began meeting with SEIU Local 1107 members about the very real threats to the Nevada Public Employee Retirement System. Tens of thousands of Nevadans have religiously paid their share toward a secure retirement – and now some politicians want to change the rules.
About 1,000 of you have answered that call and filled out “Retirement Security for All” cards pledging to help us in this fight.
We’ve expanded that effort to include other threats to working families, including a proposed end to collective bargaining. We’ve named this campaign “Put Nevada First.” Through meetings and grassroots lobbying, news reports and editorials, letters, emails and social media, we will remind Carson City politicians that they represent the working families of this state – not Wall Street billionaires and out-of-state interests.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Stay tuned for important developments unfolding in the coming days and weeks.
University Medical Center veteran registered nurse, SEIU Nevada trustee and Southern Nevada Board of Health At-Large Member Michael Collins appeared on the local political show, “Ralston Reports” Wednesday night to talk about Las Vegas Valley hospitals’ emergency preparedness in the face of the Ebola threat.
“Nurses are far better prepared than they were two weeks ago before the infection of the nurses in Dallas, Texas,” Mike told host Jon Ralston. “I’m encouraged by this, but as a registered nurse and an official with SEIU Local 1107, we really want to push the institutions to do additional training to ensure that our nurses are able to provide quality care in a safe healthcare environment for them, their co-workers and the community.”
Mike’s appearance begins at 16:59 in the show:
A day earlier, Mark Catlin, SEIU’ Health and Safety director, reminded NPR’s “Here and Now” public affairs of an important fact is not always front-and-center in the conversation about Ebola in the United States. He reminded listeners that it’s the employers’—hospitals’ and airports’—responsibility to ensure that workers are properly trained and have the protective equipment they need to deal with the virus and any other contagious disease.
“What’s really been missing [from the discussion] is the fact that it’s employers in this country under our U.S. law — under the Occupational Safety and Health Act — that have the primary responsibility to maintain a healthy and safe workplace,” Catlin said. “So it’s the employers’ responsibility to … incorporate [CDC and OSHA guidelines] into site-specific plans for how workers are going to be protected.”
Also in Tuesday, SEIU 1199, our New York local, co-hosted a three-hour seminar for thousands of janitors, security guards, doctors, nurses and other workers at Manhattan’s Javits Center, to share how they can best care for patients and serve clients and travelers, while also keeping their co-workers and themselves safe. News coverage of that gathering includes:
SEIU Nevada plans to host an upcoming training. Stay tuned for details.
Please join us in congratulating LVCVA Elected Leadership & Bargaining Team and key staff for securing a tremendous tentative agreement with LVCVA management late last week.
The five year tentative agreement includes COLA increases and step increases translating up to a 33% increase for members not topped out over the duration of the contract. (COLA: 3%, 3%, 2.5%, 2.5%, 2% and Merit: 4%, 4%, 4%, 4%, 4%).
We preserved 100% medical cost coverage for the employees. Longevity isn’t touched. The team was also able to strengthen contract language regarding layoffs and recalls and completed negotiations in eight sessions. The proposed contract now goes before the LVCVA Board for consideration. Stay tuned!