(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Backroom deals usually don’t spill out into the light of day, but legislative Democrats and union bosses are very publicly breaking a bargain they made last session.
“In a nutshell, this bill turns back the clock on collective bargaining to the way it was in 2013, before the enactment of Senate Bill 241,” Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, said when presenting Senate Bill 356.
“You can’t keep a promise on a bad deal. This was a bad deal.”
That deal was Senate Bill 241, passed in 2015 when Republicans had control of both legislative houses and the governor’s office — a rare opportunity to correct the lavish pay, benefit and retirement packages local government employees receive, thanks to collective bargaining.
The bill eliminated evergreen clauses, which allowed government employees to collect pay raises after a contract expired, and made unions give concessions for union leave time. Union leave time is when you and I pay for union bosses to work for their union, not the government. Remember that the next time someone says government needs to raise property taxes.