Nevada, union reach tentative pact on collective bargaining

Nevada and the largest union representing state employees said Tuesday they've reached agreement on a collective bargaining pact to be offered for ratification by rank-and-file workers.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and state officials announced the agreement would cover four of 11 employee bargaining units, including maintenance and custodial, professional and non-professional healthcare, and Category III peace officers and corrections officers.
An earlier tentative agreement with the Nevada State Law Enforcement Officers Association covers criminal investigators and youth parole counselors.
The AFSCME contract has economic and non-economic provisions that will be submitted as budget amendments to the state Legislature, state Administration Department Director Laura Freed and AFSCME Local 4041 President Harry Schiffman said in a news release.
State and union representatives did not immediately respond to messages about the provisions.
The pact needs approval from AFSCME members before it is submitted for approval by lawmakers and the state Board of Examiners, made up of Gov. Steve Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.
Unions have spent more than 20 years trying to unionize Nevada state employees. Negotiations followed passage by the Legislature in 2019 of a law allowing collective bargaining for classified state employees.

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