Issues and Ballot Questions

The Nevada State AFL-CIO represents the interests of Nevada's 150,000+ organized working men and women. The evergreen issues we fight for every day, year in and year out, include fair wages, safe workplaces, access to affordable health care, quality education, and equal opportunity for all. 

In addition to these, we take on special issues each year that are important to our members, which means they're important to all working men and women in Nevada. In 2018, we're putting our unified energy behind the following critical issues and ballot questions:

Ballot Question 1: MARSY'S LAW (NEUTRAL)

Ballot question 1 seeks to amend the Nevada Constitution by: (1) removing existing provisions that require the Legislature to provide certain statutory rights for crime victims; and (2) replacing those existing provisions with a “Victims’ Bill of Rights” that would give crime victims certain expressly stated constitutional rights that they may assert throughout the criminal or juvenile justice process. The Nevada State AFL-CIO's position on ballot question 1 is neutral.

Ballot Question 2: THE PINK TAX (YES)

Co-sponsored by Culinary Union 226 member and state legislator Yvanna Cancela, ballot question 2, nicknamed "the pink tax," seeks to elimate the current state and local tax on sanitary napkins and tampons. If passed, Nevada would join nine other states and the District of Columbia in discarding sales tax on these feminine hygiene products. The Nevada State AFL-CIO supports this legislation that would reduce costs and increase access to necessary products for Nevada's working women. 

Ballot Question 3: Nevada's Energy Future (NO)

This November, Nevada voters will be asked to confirm an amendment to the Nevada State Constitution that dismantles and deregulates Nevada's existing electricity system—currently one of the most affordable and reliable grids in the country. Large corporate energy users want to replace this reliable, predictable energy system with an untested new system that will save them money, but stands to raise rates immediately for everyday Nevadans, and risk the service interruptions and rolling blackouts that have plagued other deregulated states. The passage of Question 3 will also mean the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs, and delay or even destroy Nevada's movement toward a renewable energy future.

This kind of risky, untested legislation doesn't belong in our state constitution, where it would be difficult to repeal if things go wrong. Working Nevadans must not be asked to subsidize the profits of corporate energy hogs with higher rates, and no Nevadan—especially sensitive populations like those with medical equipment or those most sensitive to 100+ temperatures—should be put at risk by an unreliable supply of energy. 

The Nevada State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have teamed up with other state groups to launch a NO on 3 campaign, knocking on thousands of doors and making thousands of phone calls every day to let voters know how Question 3 could affect them. 


Ballot question 4 proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the Legislature to pass a law that allows for the exemption of durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment, and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed for human use by a licensed health care provider acting within his or her scope of practice from any tax on the sale, storage, use, or consumption of tangible personal property. The Nevada State AFL-CIO's position on ballot question 4 is neutral.


A yes on ballot question five would ensure that all Nevadans who are eligible to vote would be automatically registered to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for a driver's license or changing their address. Effectively, it would turn Nevada into an opt-out state vs. an opt-in state, increasing voter registrations, modernizing Nevada's voting systems. reducing election costs, and making it easier for military members, rural Nevadans, and others with limited access to voter registration procedures to vote. The Nevada State AFL-CIO  supports measures to increase access to voting for all Nevadans, and we support a yes on ballot question 5. 

Ballot Question 6: RENEWABLE ENERGY (YES)

Ballot question 6 seeks to increase Nevada's renewable energy portfolio to 50% by the year 2030. Put simply, proponents of this ballot question want to see Nevada running at least 50% solar, wind, and geothermal power within 12 years, which would mean cleaner air, cheaper energy, and more jobs for Nevadans. The Nevada State AFL-CIO supports ballot question 6 and its myriad benefits for working Nevadans.


The Nevada State FL-CIO works across the aisle with Democrats and Republicans on policies that work for working families. Each election season, we endorse candidates who share our vision for a strong, safe, well-trained, and well-paid workforce in Nevada, no matter what letter follows their name. This year, in this political climate, we had our work cut out for us. Here are the key races we're putting muscle behind.

Steve Sisolak vs Adam Laxalt for Nevada Governor 

This year's race for the governor's office may be a higher-stakes race for working people than any in Nevada's recent history. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is a Trump-style Republican whose policies toward and opinions on everyday working Nevadans are toxic and dangerous. We cannot let years of hard work on behalf of organized labor in Nevada go to waste under a Laxalt state administration.

The Nevada State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrat Steve Sisolak for Nevada governor. Sisolak has pledged his firm commitment to the issues that matter to working people in Nevada, including workforce training and education, affordable health care, and labor-friendly policies at the state level.

Jacky Rosen vs Dean Heller for U.S. Senate

Little question remains about where Senator Dean Heller stands on issues that are important to working people in Nevada. He broke his promise to uphold the Affordable Care Act when he voted along party lines to repeal it, he came out publicly in support of confirming anti-worker Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and has voted again and again against the interests of workers in his long tenure as a Nevada politician. It's time for him to go, and the Nevada State AFL-CIO endorses his opponent, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, for U.S. Senate.

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is committed to issues like affordable health care for Nevadans, for curtailing corporate and wealthy interests that break the backs of working people, and for workforce training and expansion that bring good-paying jobs to our state. 


The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could be devastating to workers across the country, influencing and undermining workers' rights for decades. Judge Kavanaugh's voting record is littered with pro-corporate, anti-worker rulings that show in no uncertain terms that he leans into the laps of the wealthy at the expense of working families. Examples of Kavanaugh's anti-worker legal opinions include: 

American Fed. Of Gov’t Employees, AFL-CIO v. Gates, 486 F.3d 1316 (D.C. Cir. 2007)
Dissent argued that Kavanaugh’s opinion would allow the Secretary of Defense to “abolish collective bargaining altogether.”

Agri Processor Co. v. N.L.R.B., 514 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2008)
Dissented from a majority decision that ordered a company to bargain with a union, reasoning that the employees were ineligible to vote as undocumented immigrants.

SeaWorld of Fla., LLC v. Perez, 748 F.3d 1202 (D.C. Cir. 2014)
Dissented from a majority opinion upholding a safety citation against SeaWorld following the death of a trainer.

Venetian Casino Resort, LLC v. N.L.R.B., 793 F.3d 85 (D.C. Cir. 2015)
Reversed and remanded a NLRB decision that the hotel engaged in unfair labor practices when it requested police officers to issue criminal citations to union demonstrators who were legally protesting.

The Nevada State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have joined other labor and progressive organizations nationwide to publicly oppose Kavanaugh's nomination, and we've launched a campaign to urge Senator Dean Heller to represent his constituents and vote NO on Kavanaugh's nomination.