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Nevada state workers stood together and spoke up, the legislature listened and the governor came back to negotiate with us over changes to our working conditions. We came to agreement on reinstating merit pay, reducing furloughs to six days a year and protecting an additional 28 workers from layoffs. This is worker power. This is the union difference.
According to AFSCME Local 4041, the Sisolak administration agreed to the meeting only after members mobilized to have their voice heard through petitions and rallies, and demanded to bargain and ultimately filed an Unfair Labor Practice claim against the state.
Today, hundreds of state employees, family members and supporters gathered at the Nevada State Business Center in Las Vegas, the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City, and online on Facebook Live, to demand Governor Sisolak meet his obligation to workers under the state’s collective bargaining law.
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.