EMRB Hands County Union a Win

Clark County employees who lost out on raises when the county froze wage increases due to a new state labor law should get them, the state’s Employee-Management Relations Board decided Tuesday.

The decision is a major win for the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, which filed a complaint with the EMRB after the county froze wage increases for SEIU-affiliated employees in June.

At the time, the county said that because of Senate Bill 241, which became law this year, it couldn’t give raises to employees with its largest union because the contract expired in 2013. But the SEIU Local 1107, which represents more than 4,000 county employees, argued the contract was to continue on an annual basis during contract negotiations. The county and SEIU started negotiations in 2013 and didn’t reach a new contract until late August through arbitration.

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