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Nevada Labor Movement Celebrates Legislative Session Wins

Shelbie Swartz
01 Jun, 2021
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Carson City, Nev. — Today, Nevada’s Labor movement celebrated its accomplishments during the 81st legislative session of the Nevada Legislature. The Nevada State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions to pass transformative legislation, including protecting contractors from predatory agencies, giving workers a voice to fight for better working conditions and standards, and ensuring that those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 were able to return to work.

“This legislation session, we fought tooth and nail alongside our fierce labor leaders and allies in the Legislature to ensure that working people are given every opportunity to thrive as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the shockwaves it sent through our state,” said Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO. “I’m proud to join our affiliated unions in the work to pass legislation that will benefit their members and all working Nevadans. Nevada is union strong, and this session shows that!”

The bills championed by the labor movement include: 

  1. A.B. 227, introduced by Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, to end contractor misclassification and exploitation. This crucial bill would protect consumers, protect workers, and ensure that construction jobs in Nevada continue to offer good pay where workers can retire with dignity.

  2. A.B. 257, introduced by Assemblywoman Susie Martinez, will dramatically improve the air quality requirements in Nevada’s public schools, ensuring that they are a safe environment for teachers and students.

  3. A.B. 482 will require the secretary of state’s office to not renew business licenses if they are informed by the state controller’s office that the business in question has an outstanding debt owed to a state agency that is currently in collections with the controller’s office. 

  4. S.B. 247, introduced by Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop, will protect the integrity of Nevada’s apprenticeship programs and ensure Nevada’s apprenticeships meet standards set by federal regulations.

  5. S.B. 295, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, helps to clarify provisions for compensation benefits of firefighters and police officers.

  6. S.B. 340, introduced by Senator Dina Neal, to give home care workers and clients a seat at the table by creating a Nevada Home Care Employment Standards Board made up of workers, consumers, employers, and state officials to protect both employees and those in their care.

  7. S.B. 386, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, will ensure that Nevada’s workers are able to return to work once business reopens from the coronavirus pandemic.