State-employed nurses in Nevada take care of some of the most vulnerable community members and deserve safe workplaces so they can provide the best possible care.

On Sunday, the Las Vegas Review Journal published a letter to the editor submitted by AFSCME member and correctional officer Robert Skreba in support of collective bargaining for state employees.

In Tuesday’s Las Vegas Sun, UNLV Law Professor Ruben Garcia shares how collective bargaining for state employees is a benefit to all Nevadans. Recently, anti-union opponents have attempted to shame state employees for wanting the right to negotiate collectively on issues like staffing, pay and workplace safety issues.

After many years of organizing, members of AFSCME Local 4041 have had a breakthrough in their campaign to win collective bargaining rights for Nevada’s state employees – the only workers in the state who do not have the right to negotiate over workplace safety and conditions, salary and benefits.

Today, Harry Schiffman, President of AFSCME Local 4041, released the following statement after State Senator David Parks introduced SB135, a bill to provide collective bargaining to state employees:  

When the snow comes in, Nevada Highway Maintenance Workers have been ready for days. Keeping the state moving smoothly during inclement weather is a source of pride for Highway Maintenance Workers, especially in the winter months in northern Nevada. “It’s all hands on deck and we make it a priority,” says Maurice S., a Highway Maintenance Worker in Reno, NV.

February 4th kicks off the 80th Nevada Legislative Session and this session could bring life-changing collective bargaining legislation for all Nevada state employees.

With a pro-worker Governor and Legislature, we will most definitely see legislation introduced that will bring collective bargaining to Nevada state employees. But the difference between that legislation passing and failing will be the voices of state employees like you.

On January 16th, our new Governor Steve Sisolak gave his first State of the State address, laying out his vision for Nevada’s future.  In his remarks, he shared his appreciation for the

AFSCME Local 4041 leaders across Nevada came together this weekend in Las Vegas to chart a course to secure collective bargaining rights - the power to negotiate wages, benefits and conditions of employment with our employer. Acquiring these collective bargaining rights will give us greater ability to advocate for our communities, our families, and our jobs. 

Election Day was a historic day on the road to better state services and jobs.  

Pro-worker candidate Steve Sisolak was elected Governor and pro-worker majorities were elected to both the State Senate and the State Assembly. Our endorsed candidate, Jackie Rosen, was voted into the US Senate and Catherine Byrnes, a proud AFSCME Local 4041 member, has become State Controller. Our union AFSCME played a critical part in electing them.