Unions in North Las Vegas pushing city toward insolvency
By: Andy Matthews
North Las Vegas is on the edge of the solvency cliff, and its public employee unions are lining up to push it off.
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In 2012, as North Las Vegas struggled to deal with the aftermath of the Great Recession, city officials tried to declare a state of emergency so it wouldn’t be forced to give $25 million in pay increases to its employees. Its unions sued, and a judge has ruled that the nearly bankrupt city and its taxpayers must pay that $25 million in back raises.
North Las Vegas has offered a $7.7 million settlement to its employees, who, because of Nevada’s collective bargaining laws, are able to extract massive pay and benefit increases even in a recession.
The alternatives are to lay off city workers or turn its finances over to the state.
The idea of getting less-than-expected pay raises during isn’t sitting well with the unions.
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