Democrats eye state worker collective bargaining
Enacting state worker collective bargaining has remained an elusive goal for decades of supportive Nevada lawmakers. But Democrats this session appear poised to make it a reality, armed with strong majorities in both legislative chambers and the first Democratic governor in two decades.
A state Senate bill, which would give state workers the right to collectively bargain, will face its first legislative panel Thursday evening in Carson City.
Union backers say the bill will lead to an improvement in services, less turnover and better working conditions for state employees.
Opponents question what the legislation will mean for the state budget, voicing strong concerns it could come with an increased price tag for the state and restrict Nevada’s ability to handle an economic financial crisis due to increasing costs.