Nevada Legislature: Unions rally again as bills limiting bargaining advance
April 24, 2015
Union members say they're protesting for the third time this legislative session in hopes of keeping pressure on Nevada lawmakers to support pro-labor policies.
The AFL-CIO organized simultaneous rallies Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas and Carson City. The events didn't coincide with hearings on any particular issues, but the group is challenging bills that restrict collective bargaining, alter public employee pension plans and further limit the use of prevailing wages, which are a sort of minimum wage for contractors.
Many of those Republican-backed proposals aimed at cutting costs for governments survived a Tuesday bill passage deadline and remain in play two-thirds of the way through the session.
Democratic lawmakers urged crowds of workers to never again allow a Republican legislative takeover like the one that happened in the 2014 election.