Three Las Vegas police unions are challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that prohibits local governments from allowing employees any paid leave to serve as representatives of labor organizations.
Chaparian noted that for decades upon decades the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA) has negotiated in good faith for all their members and taken concessions in order to maintain an experienced group of officers who are willing to work full time.
“We are being singled out while others are given a free pass to operate outside of a traditional police function,” Chaparian said.
On October 7 the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Civilian Employees, and the Las Vegas Police Managers and Supervisors Association filed a federal lawsuit on against the Metropolitan Police Department. The unions are claiming Senate Bill 241 amounts to “viewpoint discrimination” in violation of the 1st and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The law took effect June 1.