North Las Vegas working with unions, but still facing cuts

After more than seven hours of talks Monday, North Las Vegas officials and the police supervisors union resolved remaining sticking points in a concessions agreement to save the cash-strapped city money.

But the terms of the agreement remained confidential and probably won't save the city enough to keep its recreation centers open, officials said.

Neither side would discuss details of the agreement until it is ratified by both the 56-member Police Supervisors Association -- which represents sergeants and lieutenants -- and the City Council.

The two parties appeared earlier this month before District Judge Susan Scann for a union request for a preliminary injunction to freeze $1.1 million in cuts to police supervisors' pay and benefits. Scann instead ordered them to meet for a "mandatory settlement conference" in hopes they could agree on concessions to help the city trim its $4.4 million shortfall.

According to the minutes of the Aug. 11 conference, the parties reached an agreement for a long-term contract. They again appeared before Scann for a status check Monday morning. After learning they had yet to agree on some provisions, she sent them to a conference room to continue talks.

Because the city had been unable to reach concession agreements with its two police unions, the City Council last week approved cuts that included 21 layoffs and the closure of two city-run recreation centers to balance its fiscal 2012 budget.

It would cost about $1.5 million to keep the centers open, city officials said.

The city has yet to reach an agreement with the 360-member Police Officers Association.