May 2 - May 31
The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority provides or maintains almost 4,000 public housing units in the Las Vegas Valley where more than 7,600 Las Vegans reside, and administers another 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) that allow families to rent in the private market and receive a subsidy toward their rent.
SEIU Nevada Representation: 209 (as of May 2, 2014)
Please scroll down to see the latest news about our SNRHA Chapter.
On Friday, October 17th, Dignity Health and Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authorities members ratified their contracts. Dignity Health voted with overwhelming support while SNRHA voted unanimously to ratify their contact.
“Don’t Leave Working Nevadans in the Rain,” features working women and men, imploring the 2015 Nevada Legislature to stand with middle-class families and to Put Nevada First. Our union produced it, and it stars worker-members from across our union:
Share the video with your friends, family and co-workers! Then CLICK HERE to add your voice to those telling Carson City politicians to Put Nevada’s Middle-Class Families First!
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.
Because it’s Management’s final offer, we are obligated to bring it to you, but your bargaining team recommends a “NO” vote. Voting will take place Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, and you will be allowed to vote during work hours with supervisor approval:
For a flier listing voting times & locations and the 9 “CONS” and 2 marginal “PROS” offered in the proposal, please CLICK HERE.
For a detailed chart of all 52 contract articles and terms that would be affected if this proposal were approved, please CLICK HERE.
Again … our Bargaining Team Recommends a NO vote on this management proposal!
Executive Director Hill thinks he deserves a raise and a bonus—to more than $140K a year—despite a so-so job performance evaluation that officials said would have resulted in no raise for rank-and-file employees. (The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote about HERE.)
For Housing Authority employees, recently expired furloughs meant 9% pay cuts. And now management is threatening to resurrect them. The final straw? More than 21 months of bargaining—and no contract!
More than 100 members picketed at Housing Authority offices Thursday (Oct. 16). Action News 13, Las Vegas’ ABC-TV affiliate, was at the picket and joined us when we adjourned the protest to attend the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting that was underway. Hill refused to grant an on-camera interview to reporter Elizabeth Gadley. His only comment to Gadley’s question about whether he had gotten a raise? “So did every other staff member that deserved it.” held up hand up and demanded that the camera be turned off. (See the full news report by CLICKING HERE.)
Show solidarity Friday (Oct. 24): Wear purple and your “SNRHA Be Fair!” button.
More actions are planned. Stay tuned!
Please CLICK HERE to download a flier about these developments.
The Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority held its second special meeting in 10 days on Oct. 8 to again delay the date at which they are threatening to to extend up-to-2-day-a-month unpaid furloughs. The potential start date moved from Oct. 30 to Nov. 14.
Our members reluctantly agreed to furloughs from Dec. 6, 2013, until Sept. 30, 2014, to avoid layoffs. We, however, had not agreed to any extension of the furloughs past Sept. 30. Two-day-a-month furloughs result in a more than 9% wage cut for Authority employees.
An initial Sept. 29 9-1 vote at the first special board meeting to extend the furloughs came despite union representatives warning the Board that the action was illegal without union agreement. The furlough extension also followed the Board’s decision in late August to award Executive Director John Hill a raise and bonus. In response, the union filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the Board on Oct. 3 with the Nevada Employee Management Relations Board, the NLRB equivalent for public employees in the state. We returned to the bargaining table the same day.
Please CLICK HERE to access a flier about the Sept. 29 meeting and decision to file the ULP.
Please CLICK HERE to access the EMRB filing.
Please CLICK HERE to access a Oct. 6 story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the dispute.
Two-day-a-month furloughs that employees of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority have been required to take since December 2013 are set to expire Sept. 30. These furloughs have translated into a 9% pay cut for workers.
Although the furloughs are slated to end in 12 days, the agenda for Thursday’s (Sept. 18) monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners called for extending them for a full year—even after Commissioners awarded Executive Director John Hill a raise and bonus last month!
President Martin Bassick and Chief Contract Negotiator Mike Urban joined several Housing Authority members and Local 1107 staff at the meeting. Martin and Mike addressed the board before Commissioners voted unanimously to defer action until a Sept. 29 special meeting.
“Purple Up” and join your co-workers at this meeting! Please CLICK HERE to access a flier about the event.