Nevada State AFL-CIO, Building Trades Statements Mark Signing of Assembly Bill 227

Carson City, Nev. — Today, the Nevada State AFL-CIO, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada, and the Southern Nevada Building Trades Unions released the below statements to mark Governor Sisolak’s signing of Nevada Assembly Bill 227 into law. This bill, from Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, will 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.

    

“Good contractors in Nevada are put at a disadvantage because temp agencies use loopholes in the law to get away with misclassifying their workers, leaving homeowners in the lurch and workers injured on the job without the health coverage they need,” said Bill Stanley, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Nevada Building Trades Unions. “This practice puts downward pressure on all wages, hurting families across the region by exploiting workers and paying them half what they should be earning. With signing this legislation, Governor Sisolak is ending this abuse and exploitation.”

“AB227 will protect consumers, protect workers, and ensure that construction jobs in Nevada continue to offer good pay where workers can retire with dignity," said Rob Benner, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of BCTNN. "Across the country, tens of thousands of hard-working men and women are cheated by temp agencies who refuse to take responsibility for their workers. The passage of AB227 will dramatically reduce the abuse and misclassification of workers in our state."

“In Nevada alone, more than 12,000 construction workers are illegally misclassified, putting their livelihoods at stake and costing our state’s taxpayers nearly $50 million annually,” said Rusty McAllister, the Executive Treasurer-Secretary of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “This crucial bill would protect workers, and level the playing field for those who abide by the rules and regulations designed to guarantee all working Nevadans are treated with dignity. We are grateful to Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton for leading this bill through the Legislature, and to Governor Sisolak for signing this important legislation into law!”