There are no upcoming events at this time.
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!
The following can be read in its entirety on SEIU International’s blog:
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.