Working + The Economy

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Immigrants fill construction void, struggle for pay

BY: - August 15, 2018

September marks the 10th anniversary of the Wall Street collapse that decimated Nevada’s housing market, slashed the construction workforce by more than half and forced thousands of construction tradesmen to hang up their tool belts in search of new careers. Builders who racked up record gains only to have the economy tank in 2008 have […]

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Rosen tries to make wages a campaign issue

BY: - August 14, 2018

Sen. Dean Heller told attendees of a Latin Chamber of Commerce event last week that he doesn’t believe minimum wage should be set at the federal level, and instead should be decided by governors and legislators at the state level. Nevada Democrats immediately jumped on the comment, using it to paint Heller as an out-of-touch […]

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Arizona may get an electricity deregulation debate, too

BY: - August 14, 2018

Sixteen states, mostly in the northeast, have adopted electricity deregulation in one form of another. Nevadans will determine whether they want to join them when voters decide the outcome of the Question 3 state constitutional amendment in November. And Arizona may also be moving toward deregulation — again. Five years ago the Arizona Corporations Commission […]

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The simple truth about Question 3

BY: - August 9, 2018

“Competition is good,” declares the campaign for Question 3. “It’s that simple” If Question 3 passes, Nevada will have to create rules and guidelines for energy traders who will parachute into the state to buy electricity wholesale and sell it to you retail. The end result will be many things. “Simple” won’t be one of […]

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What’s going on with the resort industry anyway?

BY: - August 3, 2018

Falling stock prices, meh, whatever. But the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports a lot of stats are down year-to-date, including visitor volume, convention attendance and holy sacred RevPAR amen. And this is amidst what we are told is a booming national economy. This morning the R-J reports that MGM is lowering room rates. […]

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State officials to audit bail bonds companies for compliance

BY: - August 2, 2018

A disproportionate number of the consumer complaints filed with the Nevada Division of Insurance are related to the bail industry. In response, state officials have launched a new initiative — called the Bail Compliance Project — to try and get ahead of the problems plaguing these companies. Beginning this month, state officials will visit every […]

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Boys-club culture, lack of oversight contribute to lack of women in trades

BY: - July 30, 2018

UA Local 525 — the plumbers and pipefitters union — has approximately 1,900 members. Only 34 are female. Nobody expects a plumbers and pipefitters union to be 50 percent female, but according to accepted guidelines and the goals they are required by the state to set, they are still coming up short when it comes […]

Stiffer SNAP/Medicaid work requirements counterproductive, report says

BY: - July 27, 2018

Making people work more to get food stamps and health care is punitive and does more harm than good, according to a research paper published this week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the Center for American Progress (CAP). The Trump administration has been aggressively encouraging states to stiffen work requirements for recipients of […]

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Wage theft “epidemic” in construction. Taxpayers paying the tab.

BY: - July 27, 2018

A new ad from Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s gubernatorial campaign alleges his opponent, Steve Sisolak, awarded a public works job to Las Vegas Paving, a union company, for $100 million, over a non-union contractor who bid $4.6 million less. But construction industry experts contend lower bids generate projects that are too often built on the […]

Nevada urban employment grows while rural workforce declines

BY: - July 24, 2018

Nevada job growth in the last year has been concentrated overwhelmingly in urban areas, according to the state Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). Employment grew by 2.8 percent statewide from June 2017 to June 2018, or 37,600 new jobs, DETR noted in a release Tuesday. Employment in the Las Vegas metro area increased […]

Retail: Still not dead yet

BY: - July 23, 2018

The number of electronic and mail order retail establishments – your exclusively online shopping stops — tripled between 2001 and 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Only tripled? Over the same period, in most retail sectors, the number of establishments declined, in keeping with the conventional brick & mortar doom & gloom […]

Green Valley Ranch ordered to negotiate with Culinary

BY: - July 19, 2018

Station Casinos is on the losing end of an effort to delay negotiations with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions.   The National Labor Relations Board rejected the company’s legal challenge to a union election held in November 2017. The NLRB ruling says 78 percent of Green Valley Ranch Resort’s eligible employees voted in favor of unionization, […]