LV Metro Sheriff Lombardo suspends collective bargaining contracts with police

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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks during a news conference October 4, 2017. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks during a news conference October 4, 2017. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A spokesperson for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police confirms collective bargaining agreements with officers and other employees have been suspended as a precautionary measure in case more police are needed in the field.

“At this time, the intent in suspending the collective bargaining contracts is to allow LVMPD management the ability to potentially bypass the restriction of a 14-day notice prior to any transfer of personnel, whether permanent or semi-permanent,” the spokesperson said in a statement to the Current.  “This action has been made, as added care, in case there is a need to supplement uniform patrol in the event that field operations are significantly impacted by COVID 19 in the upcoming weeks.”

NRS 288.150 (5) (b) allows the sheriff to take “whatever actions may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities in situations of emergency such as a riot, military action, natural disaster or civil disorder. Those actions may include the suspension of any collective bargaining agreement for the duration of the emergency.”

The president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, Steve Grammas, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move comes as Clark County suspends its union contracts with health care workers, public sector employees, and firefighters.

Dana Gentry
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