Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority

SNRHA_logoThe 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.

Union Leadership

Vice President Marvin Coleman
Chief Steward Martha Floyd mfloyd@seiu1107.org, (702) 922-7713
Stewards:
Wanda Beckett Bruce Bundy
Sheila Christmas LaTrece Coleman-Stone
Courtney Errington
seiuforccha@gmail.com
(702) 630-1003
Brandy Foreman
James Jackson John Jones
Jermond Manor Jeremiah Nash
Tracey Torrence Esther Valenzuela

Union Representative Javier Cabrera: jcabrera@seiunv.org, (702) 210-3706


SEIU Nevada Launches Carson City Campaign to Put Nevada – and Working Families – FIRST

PutNevadaFirst_SmallLogo_croppedPoliticians in Carson City have let it be known that they’re coming after working families in the 2015 Nevada Legislative session beginning Feb. 2.

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.

Members of our Executive Board Review Our Internal Organizing Materials After Voting to Support “Put Nevada First”

Members of our Executive Board Review Our Internal Organizing Materials After Voting to Support “Put Nevada First”

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:

  • If you haven’t already signed up, click THIS LINK. It will ask you to do something as easy as send a letter to your assembly member or as  involved as joining us on an SEIU Nevada Lobby Day in Carson City. (Our big day will be March 12. Contact your organizer if you’d like to go.)
  • Attend our General Membership Meeting Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 AM. During this meeting, we’ll review this campaign and offer a quick course on lobbying. Learn more at THIS LINK.
  • Your SEIU Local 1107 organizer may already have gotten you to complete a card telling your assembly member how you feel about issues important to working families. If not, please CLICK HERE and send your Assembly Member an email instead. (Not sure who your assembly member is? The website will look the information up for you, based on your address.) Please also share this link with friends and families and ask them if they’ll help us let Carson City know to put Nevada’s working families FIRST.

Stay tuned for important developments unfolding in the coming days and weeks.

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Housing Authority Presents Contract Offer, but Bargaining Team Recommends “NO” Vote

Vote NoManagement with the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority has presented its last, best and final contract offer, which our bargaining team rejects.

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:

  • 11 AM-Noon: Cannon Commission Chambers, 340 N. 11th St., Las Vegas
  • 4-5 PM: Flamingo Office, 5390 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas

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!

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Housing Authority Exec Director John Hill: Yes, I got a raise. “So did every other staff member that deserved it.”

JohnHill_KTNVScreenGrab_cropped2Channel13ActionNewsLV_logo3Executive 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.)

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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.

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Unfair Labor Pratice Complaint Filed Against Housing Authority Over Furlough Extension Threat

SNRHA Be Fair BUTTONThe 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.

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Southern NV Regional Housing Authority Postpones Vote on Extending Furloughs

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.

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