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Health care workers across Nevada are coming together in solidarity

Nevada public service workers today lauded the passage of Senate Bill 135, a historic leap forward for 20,000 Silver State workers who have been at the forefront of the effort to gain a seat at the table. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Steve Sisolak and will become law upon his signature. Until now, state employees were the only public service workers in Nevada who had been denied the freedom to collectively bargain. 

As Public Service Recognition Week came to an end on Friday, Local 4041 members held dual press conferences in Carson City and Sparks to support Senate Bill 135, a bill that would provide collective bargaining rights to state employees. State employees spoke about how collective bargaining rights will allow them to have a voice on the job to improve state services.

I’m Ken Edmonds, a member of AFSCME Local 4041, and a Developmental Support Tech for the State of Nevada. I support SB135.  

My name is Valerie Osborn, I’m a Family Services Specialist for the state of Nevada and a member of AFSCME Local 4041. My job is to help families get back on their feet after hitting hard times. Even with our state on track post-recession, there are still many families struggling and I’m proud to be part of the team that keeps our state together.

My name is Victor Avena, and I am a Carpenter for the state of Nevada.  I support SB135 because state employees deserve fairness and respect.  

My name is Deborah Hinds and I am an administrate assistant with the State of Nevada. As a member of AFSCME Local 4041, I support SB135, which would give state employees a voice on the job.  

As a Social Worker for the state of Nevada, I work to find homes for kids in rural Nevada. It’s an amazing feeling finding a family that is a good match for a child and knowing they’ll have a permanent home.  

State employees at a Nevada facility for intellectually disabled adults and children recently learned  that strength really does come in numbers. Concerned about a new shift scheduling process introduced by management, these workers came together to voice their issues and take their seat at the table to discuss this change.