Firefighters’ contract OK’d in North Las Vegas

The North Las Vegas City Council has approved a contract with the union that represents the city’s firefighters.

The two-year collective bargaining agreement gives back merit pay and improves health insurance — but won’t hurt the city’s budget, said Finance Director Darren Adair.

That’s because the contract also includes operational fixes, such as letting firefighters work outside of their classifications to reduce overtime payouts, Adair said.

In total the city expects to spend $617,000 while saving $618,000 in the first year of the contract.

It also isn’t an ironclad two-year agreement.

Adair said several of the financial portions of the contract allow the city to reopen agreement in a year if needed.

The city is pleased to have operational fixes, but recognizes financial questions still loom as the city eyes a 7 percent, across-the-board cut in 2017, Adair said.

“What didn’t get addressed as much is financially ‘How do we make sure that the city is able to continue on?,” Adair said. “The problem with having that discussion is the fire union doesn’t know what the other unions are going to agree to.”

Next year the city will be in negotiations with its two biggest unions: the Teamsters and the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association.

The city is in negotiations with the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association.

Contact Bethany Barnes at bbarnes@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Find her on Twitter: @betsbarnes

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