NV Senators, Front-Line Workers Call for State, Local Aid

AFSCME Local 4041 members joined our states U.S. senators, Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, in urging the Senate to pass desperately needed federal aid to states, cities and towns to maintain critical public services to beat the pandemic and safely open the economy.  

Facing a record 28.2% unemployment rate and an estimated budget deficit between $741 million and $911 million for just the current fiscal year due to COVID-19, Nevadas dedicated public service workers are concerned they will be thanked for serving on the front lines during the pandemic with pink slips. As a result, the public services Nevadans depend on like education, public safety and health care could be put in jeopardy. 

Firefighters, police officers, nurses, teachers, and custodial workers are among the thousands of frontline state and local employees all over Nevada working tirelessly to keep our communities safe,” said Senator CortezMasto. “Im doing everything I can in the United States Senate to support state and local governments so that they can keep up the services that all Nevadans rely on, retain essential staff, and shepherd the reopening of our economy.”  

In the face of challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, weve seen countless public sector workers stepping up to provide Nevadans with critical and much-needed services. These brave men and women are risking their health to serve their communities, and we owe it to them to ensure their health and safety as we work to re-open our states economy,” said Senator Rosen. “The next legislative relief package must include robust support for our state and local governments so that they can pay our teachers, first responders, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, corrections officers, and others on the front lines of this crisis. Congress must act to protect not only the lives, but also the livelihoods of these hardworking Nevadans.”  

Public service workers have continued to provide vital services to our communities throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis and voters overwhelming support aid to states, cities and town to maintain critical services. 

Thousands of public service workers across the state like myself have continued to show up during these challenging times, putting our lives on the line, to ensure our communities have what they need to stay safe and healthy. Custodial workers are especially essential in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by implementing additional cleaning measures at hospitals, clinics, schools and offices. Cuts to public services put our communities at risk,” said AFSCME Local 4041 member Stephanie Dube, a custodial worker at Desert Willow Treatment Center in Las Vegas.  

Public service workers are asking that Congress pass as much aid as it takes to support state and local governments so public service workers have the resources to fight this pandemic and re-open our economy. Nevada can do neither if the very public service workers who are risking their lives to keep Nevadas communities safe, healthy and strong are laid off.  

As we work together towards reopening our economy, cutting vital public services means that recovery in rural parts of our state will take longer. Our communities cannot afford these cuts. The Senate must pass an aid package that will allow states and localities to avoid layoffs, fund more health care and education, and protect public services for all communities.,” said AFSCME member and Washoe Chapter President Daphne Deleon, a project manager for the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitations vocational rehabilitation division.  

The House of Representatives has passed the HEROES Act, which includes about $1 trillion in state and local aid. But that bill has stalled in the Senate. Despite bipartisan support for congressional support and calls from the business community for helping states, cities and towns weather the financial crisis, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, remains unmoved as of now. He even suggested at one point that states should declare bankruptcy.