Restore A Living Wage For State Workers
Week of February 25, 2013
On Monday, February 25th, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining heard AB-125. AFSCME is meeting with the Speaker to add language to protect State workers.
Also on Monday the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy heard SB-36 which makes changes to unemployment benefits.
Monday the Senate Committee on Government Affairs heard SB21 and SB 56, both relate to the collection of and reimbursement of fees owed the State.
On Tuesday, February 26th, AFSCME met with legislators regarding the issues of AB-58, the creation of the Office of Veterans Policy and Coordination where employees and potentially all employees in Veterans Services could be made at will. The Governor wants to resolve AFSCME concerns.
On Wednesday, February 27th, the Senate Committee on Finance, Joint Subcommittee on Public Safety, Military and Veterans Services, and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Joint Subcommittee on Public Safety, Natural Resources and Transportation heard the rescheduled budget hearings of the Department of Corrections. AFSCME submitted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and gave direct testimony regarding the Department’s failure to provide safe staffing levels and adequate training for it employees.
On Thursday, February 28th, the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs heard AB-9. This bill would amend the Charter of the City of Reno, changing the designation of employees and giving extraordinary powers to the City Manager. Although AFSCME does not represent workers in the City of Reno, AFSCME spoke against the bill with members of the We Are Nevada Coalition. This bill if it passes could be used to strip away at the rights of workers in other local governments.
Monday, March 4th @ 9:00 - Assembly Committee on Government Affairs – AB-13: Changes the time limits when the Local Government Employment Relations Board must hold a hearing. AFSCME and the We Are Nevada Coalition are submitting an amendment.
Also before the same Committee, AB-169: This bill changes provisions relating to contracts with government entities. We are having discussions with legislators regarding amendments.
Also on Monday @ 9:00 – Assembly Committee on Judiciary – AB-134: This bill eliminates the age of 18 requirement for eligibility to sit on the board of a non-profit corporation.
Monday @ 1:30pm – Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy: Require Court relief to an employee injured due to certain unlawful acts by an employer.
Monday @ 1:30pm – Senate Committee on Government Affairs - SB-142: Proposed changes to government contracting.
Tuesday, March 5th @ 1:00pm – Joint Meeting of the Assembly Committee on Taxation and Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development – IP1: Margin Tax on certain businesses.
Also on Tuesday @ 4:00pm – Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections – AB-150: Government oversight and accountability
On Wednesday, March 6th @ 8:00 – Joint Meeting of the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance: Health & Human Services budget hearings.
Wednesday @ 1:30pm – Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor – AB-12: Removes the requirement that an employee notify the employer in filing a complaint with the Department of Industrial Relations.
Wednesday @ 1:30pm – Senate Committee on Government Affairs – SB144: Changes investigations of Peace Officers
Thursday, March 7th @ 8:00 – Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Joint Subcommittee on Human Services: Health & Human Services – Early Intervention Services Budget Hearing. This will be a very important and interesting hearing.
Friday, March 8th @ 8:00 – Senate Committee on Finance, Joint Subcommittee on Public Safety, Military and Veterans’ Services and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Joint Subcommittee on Public Safety, Natural Resources and Transportation: Department of Corrections budget hearings. The department is planning to contract out Medical Services.
AFSCME Local 4041 wants to keep its members informed on what is taking place during this legislative session. This weekly update is just one part of this effort. If you know of co-workers who are not receiving this update, and would like to receive it, have them contact Cathie Timmons at: Cathie@nvafscme.org .
AFSCME Local 4041 will also be sending out text updates on specific issues and hearings as the legislative session progresses. In order to receive the texts, we need your cell phone number. So please contact Cathie Timmons at: Cathie@nvafscme.org .
Also, if you have any comments regarding any bill or budget item that affects you, please send your comments to: Cathie@nvafscme.org .
Together we will restore a living wage and protect the rights of all State Workers!