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I want to share some thoughts with you on the events of the past several days. The state of America today, further shattered by George Floyd’s murder, breaks every patriotic heart. The raw outrage we see in the streets comes as a pandemic has needlessly killed more than 100,000 of our loved ones and more than 40 million Americans are out of work, afraid they won’t be able to provide at the dinner table let alone next month’s rent or mortgag
For over two months Nevadans across the state have been making do with a changing lifestyle due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Public service workers have adapted and continue to keep our communities healthy and safe with the services they provide. This is true for larger cities in our state, as well as smaller communities like West Wendover, Nevada.
Even with most in-person classes canceled at state colleges and universities, some campuses are still providing services to students and staff. And custodial workers like AFSCME member Silvestra Avila continue to keep campuses sparkling clean.
Together as AFSCME Local 4041, we have a stronger voice on the job to improve our lives, working conditions, and the services we provide to our communities. As a union, we also have access to exclusive voluntary benefits to help us protect our families, finances and future. This year, AFSCME is helping you protect your way of life with the opportunity to purchase the voluntary benefits from Colonial Life.
Like their counterparts in larger cities, AFSCME members for rural governments have stepped up to serve their communities during this COVID-19 crisis. In smaller, rural communities across Nevada, these workers are essential to all aspects of city services. Local 4041 members in the Public Works Department for the City of West Wendover, Nevada, continue working to ensure city services run smoothly during this emergency.
Administrative assistants are key players in any office, setting the tone of any workplace and keeping services running smoothly. Like many other AFSCME members across Nevada, Deb Hinds, an Administrative Assistant at the medical clinic at the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services campus (NNAMHS), has had to adjust to a new way of continuing to provide vital services to our community during the coronavirus crisis.
AFSCME Local 4041 President Harry Schiffman released the following statement on the state’s plans to re-open Nevada’s economy, including state offices:
As many of us continue to ‘stay home for Nevada’ to slow the spread of the coronavirus, thousands of Nevada public service workers continue to head into work to provide services that are vital to the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities. We are doing our part to keep our commitment of quality service to the communities we serve. But our state needs help from Washington DC. Click here to demand that Congress fund the front lines.
Working with AFSCME members who brought safety issues at the workplace due to COVID-19 to the attention of our union rep Jeanine Lake, Jeanine reached out to the Department of Veteran Affairs to ensure the agency is prioritizing worker safety. When workers speak up and when we all work together, we can make changes to improve our working conditions and lives! (Photo of AFSCME members talking to workers at Southern Nevada Veterans Home from September 2019)

To slow the curve of COVID-19, state offices across Nevada have closed to the public and services put on continent workplans.

“Even with a smaller staff and the challenge of doing our work remotely, we are still here to help Nevadans with their job search,” said Kevin.