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Updated: 5/07/2012 3:48 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The City of North Las Vegas’ three major unions representing first responders -- the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association, the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1607 -- have rejected a plan to extend a money saving salary freeze, forcing the City to plan for massive layoffs.

"We are in a budget crisis. The citizens of North Las Vegas will be angry and troubled to learn that the union officials controlling the police force and fire fighters have walked away from reasonable negotiations,” City Manager Timothy Hacker said. “It is clear union leaders are serving their own self interest first and their community second. We put forward a very fair plan that would save the City money and avoid layoffs and maintain service level.”

Union members enjoy an above average and generous wage and benefit package. The average North Las Vegas Police Officers Association member salary and benefits total $136,000 annually; while supervisors receive $186,000 in total compensation. An International Association of Firefighters Local 1607 member salary and benefits total $139,000. For all unions, the City covers 100 percent of healthcare insurance premium costs and 100 percent for all union members’ retirement contributions.

The City of North Las Vegas is facing a projected $33 million budget shortfall and must find a solution before the June 1 deadline. To help fill the gap, City officials asked union leaders to agree to an extension of an existing raise freeze for another two years and eliminate a program which allows union members to turn in unused days-off for money.
Officers and firefighters are already earning above average pay. Currently, police officers earn an average salary of $78,000, which is 40% higher than the national average for police officers and detectives.

City Manager Timothy Hacker represented the City in negotiations, most recently with the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association and the North Las Vegas Supervisors Association. Hacker met today with the union representing firefighters, the International Association of Firefighters Local 1607.
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