State labor, maintenance and custodial workers certified for collective barganing

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(Photo courtesy AFSCME Local 4041)
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(Courtesy photo)

State labor, maintenance and custodial workers will now be represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), becoming the fourth group of state employees authorized to negotiate labor contracts since Nevada enacted its collective bargaining law.

The bargaining unit of Local 4041 includes a variety of occupations including highway maintenance workers, HVAC specialists, plumbers, electricians, food service workers, grounds maintenance workers, locksmiths and landscapers, announced Wednesday it was certified with the Government Employee-Management Relations Board of the State of Nevada. 

“We’ve been fighting for state employees as AFSCME for decades and are excited to negotiate our first contract with the state as AFSCME,” Harry Schiffman, an electrician at UNLV and president of AFSCME Local 4041, said in a statement.Having a voice on the job means we will have the respect on the job we deserve, and the resources to do our jobs safely and efficiently.” 

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation last session that allows state employees to collectively bargain for wages and employee benefits. 

Since the law has gone into effect, correctional officers and mental and behavioral health service workers have also been certified to negotiate contracts with the state.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.