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City of North Las Vegas moves to suspend parts of union contracts

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Updated: 5/23/2012 4:01 pm

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- With only a few days before the state deadline to submit a balanced budget, North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker said that he will ask the City Council to suspend portions of those union contracts to save jobs and maintain service levels.

Hacker plans to present a resolution for council consideration during a special meeting set for 5 p.m. June 1 at City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

"We have sought reasonable concessions, but the unions have refused to come to terms. Now, we must take action,” Hacker said in a statement today. “Public safety is our No. 1 objective. Without taking this action, we would be forced to lay off large numbers of police and fire fighters. We don’t want to take them off the streets, where we already are stretched thin, and could risk compromising the health, safety and welfare of the City's residents and businesses."

The unions representing North Las Vegas police and firefighters responded this afternoon, calling for the state of Nevada to intervene.

“Less than two weeks ago Tim Hacker swore to officials of the State of Nevada that North Las Vegas had the wherewithal to continue operations and would end the year with a surplus,” Jeff Hurley, president of the North Las Vegas Firefighters, said in a statement. “Thirteen days later, Hacker is now telling the people of North Las Vegas there is in fact an emergency.”

If approved, the resolution would authorize the temporary suspension of certain terms of the City's existing collective bargaining agreements with the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association, the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1607. Those terms include the suspension of raises, holiday sell-back pay and uniform allowances.

State law authorizes the City of North Las Vegas to suspend certain terms of its collective bargaining agreements to remain solvent and protect public safety and welfare, while in the grips of an ongoing economic recession.

This is a developing story; stay tuned for full coverage today on later editions of News 3.

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