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The proposed changes to the Public Employees Benefit Program puts state workers in a position to pay more out-of-pocket for our health care needs. While premiums will stay relatively flat, or in some cases lower, the real damage is in the details – the plans in this proposal cut our health care coverage, slash our Basic Life Insurance, and eliminate Long Term Disability Insurance.
AFSCME EMS Workers United paramedics join the General Strike Radio podcast to talk about organizing workers at REMSA, antiunion tactics used by management, and the power of worker solidarity.
“I’ve been talking to my co-workers, many who I don’t normally talk to throughout the workday, because if we want to see improvements in our workplace, we need a contract. The only way us workers in the welfare offices will have a contract is if our co-workers join us as AFSCME members. I’m surprised by how easy it is to have these conversations, because so many people really do want to see changes,” said Jolene Porter, an administrative assistant at Welfare Support Services

For decades, AFSCME members have been at the forefront of advocating for Nevada state employees at the bi-annual sessions of the Nevada Legislature. Over the years we have fought for pay raises, ending furloughs and preventing privatization of state services. This year we won a longtime goal of our union— the right to collective bargaining. 

LAS VEGAS – Veronica Davis-Brown explained how having a voice on the job would allow her to share her expertise of many years on the job as a correctional officer and better serve the prison community.

Agueda Sanchez outlined why making staff-led changes in the workplace would allow state workers to provide better services to Nevada’s youth.

Elizabeth Crumrine spoke about how staff need a way to advocate for much-needed resources to better serve rural families. 

After years of AFSCME organizing, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law a historic bill granting 20,000 state workers the right to collectively bargain. The bill, which he signed June 12, is the largest expansion of collective bargaining rights for state workers anywhere in the U.S. in 16 years. 

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.