North Las Vegas council OKs deal with Teamsters for concessions


The North Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an agreement on contract concessions with the city's largest union that will save 144 jobs.

The agreement with Teamsters Local 14 includes unpaid furlough days and the suspension of cost-of-living raises for part of this fiscal year and in 2011. The raises will not be made up or deferred to later years.

The union ratified the concessions earlier this month.

Councilwoman Anita Wood said the agreement will keep people employed and help the city maintain services.

Teamsters Local 14 is the first of the city's unions to come to an agreement in the latest round of concessions aimed at saving money and avoiding more layoffs as the city continues to struggle with the effects of the economic slump.

The city is dealing with a $35 million shortfall through fiscal year 2011-12.

The city laid off 188 workers in June. Another 44 -- all North Las Vegas Detention Center workers -- were let go in October after the detention center lost about a third of its inmates to a facility for federal inmates in Pahrump.

The Teamsters union represents about 500 city workers in positions from secretaries to city managers.

As part of the agreement with the city, Teamsters workers would take a total of 22 unpaid furlough days through the end of fiscal year 2011. That includes four days between Christmas and New Year's . Next year's employee merit raises will be suspended.

The value of the concessions through the end of fiscal year 2012-13 is $33.7 million.

For the concessions, the city agreed to keep the 144 targeted positions "as long as revenue triggers are met."

The city will give Teamsters workers 27 hours of additional leave time this fiscal year and 72 additional hours in each of the next two years.

The North Las Vegas firefighters union has come to a temporary stalemate in its talks with the city, a union official said. The city rejected a recent concession offer because the union, in exchange, wanted a guarantee that there would be no layoffs, said Jeff Hurley, president of the union.

City officials do not comment on ongoing talks. If an agreement is not reached, 33 firefighters could lose their jobs next year.

The city's Police Officers Association is still in talks with the city to save 11 police officer jobs.

The police union is suing the city and is alleging breach of contract, saying it illegally removed union President Sgt. Terrence McAllister as the group's police labor relations liaison to the city after a fourth North Las Vegas bargaining unit was made official earlier this month. The City Council had voted to recognize the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association as the "exclusive bargaining unit" for the city's officers who hold the rank of sergeant or lieutenant.

The city argues that McAllister no longer can serve as liaison because he is a supervisor, a position the union contests.

Contact reporter Lynnette Curtis at lcurtis@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0285.

 

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