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SEIU President Al Martinez is heading up the We Are Nevada coalition to protect public employee benefits and to defend collective bargaining. Recently, the battle to save PERS took a new twist as former County Manager Thom Reilly urged lawmakers to begin cutting benefits and GOP Assembly leaders took his word and put his ideas into bill form.
The news from Carson City isn’t good. But that’s why we’re committed to fight!
GOP members Cresent Hardy, Melissa Woodbury, Pat Hickey and Randy Kirner (pictured from left) have each called for “reforming” PERS using scare tactics and flat-out misinformation.
At the top of their agenda is forcing major cuts to PERS under the flat-out wrong assumption that PERS will become insolvent. The only threat to PERS is a bad bill like Kirner’s that would cut into the system’s sound financial position.
“It’s crazy up there,” Martinez said. “They somehow believe that all public employees will retire on the same day and throw the system out of whack. That’s how the numbers are being skewed by right-wing extremists.”
Martinez is committed to upholding the promise made to public employees and defending their benefits vigorously.
The We Are Nevada coalition includes labor allies and community partners united in protecting middle class values, defending public employees and seeking fair and equitable funding sources for community services.
All Public Sector stewards are required to attend a mandatory training facilitated by Lavonne Ritter, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.
The training sessions will be offered on three Saturdays, March 30, April 6 and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The training is intended to provide stewards with a comprehensive overview of rights, duties and responsibilities. All stewards must attend one of these sessions. Attendance will be taken.
Please contact your Chief Steward or Staff Representative to confirm your attendance. Space is limited and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Ritter has been with FMCS for 24 years, and played a key role in the Southern Nevada Labor Alliance, a partnership involving Bechtel Nevada Corporation and the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council. She has been working in Nevada since 1996. Prior to that she worked for FMCS in Orange County, CA. She also spent nine years as a private sector management advocate in the collective-bargaining/human resources arena and as a union advocate in the public sector.
She has a bachelor of science in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.
The training will include the following:
See you there!
Although our Bargaining Team and RTC management were able to reach a tentative agreement in May 2012, the RTC Commissioners did not vote to authorize our contract. Instead, they directed that our negotiations be sent to a third-party arbitrator for Fact Finding.
The arbitrator made a decision and the great news is that eligible members will receive a 3 percent COLA increase effective the next pay period, as well as a 3 percent COLA increase on July 1, 2013 and another 3 percent COLA increase on July 1, 2014.
Longevity was preserved for EVERYONE! This issue was one of our top priorities as listed in your bargaining surveys. The arbitrator also ruled that we will not receive merit increases for the duration of the contract. However, by securing a combined 6 percent COLA increase this year and preserving longevity, we feel that the arbitrator made a positive ruling for all RTC employees.
Here’s the exact language the arbitrator issued:
RTC Fact Finding Summary:
1. Employees shall receive a 3 percent cost of living adjustment the first pay period commencing after the date of this award. Beginning July 1, 2013, employees in the designated unit shall receive an additional 3 percent cost of living adjustment. Finally, barring reopener by the RTC (as outlined below), the employees shall receive a final 3 percent cost of living adjustment on July 1, 2014. This award is prospective only, and there is no retroactivity to July 1, 2012.
2.There shall be no salary adjustments or merit increases during the term of the collective bargaining agreement. The parties shall negotiate upon appropriate language regarding the use and structure of performance evaluations given during the term of the collective bargaining agreement.
3.The language regarding longevity (Article 32), as reflected in the parties’ agreement effective from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012, shall remain in effect and incorporated into the successor bargaining agreement.
4.The term of the parties’ new collective bargaining agreement shall be from July 1, 2012 through and up to June 30, 2015. However, should tax sales revenue as reported from October 2012 to October 2013 decrease by more than seven percent, then the RTC shall have the unilateral right to reopen negotiations regarding compensation under Article 15. The desire to reopen negotiations shall be made in writing to the Union by February 1, 2015 and shall pertain to Article 15 only. The parties shall not bargain to impasse during any such reopener.
If you have any questions, please contract your Chief Steward Madalyn Reyes, 676-1942.
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My fellow nurses and I are celebrating National Nurses Week this year by using it as an opportunity to make sure everyone in Nevada knows about the positive changes that the Affordable Care Act has made in the lives of nurses, patients and our community.
I have a real appreciation for what access to timely, quality care can mean because I am a nurse–but also because my husband is the recipient of a kidney transplant which saved his life.