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July 25, 2014

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Busloads of protesters heading to Carson City (UPDATED)

Updated information on the canceled protest:

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041 is rescheduling its demonstration to coincide next Friday with the special session of the legislature.

Gov. Jim Gibbons announced today that the session, originally scheduled for Monday, would be delayed.

Original post:

The local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees plans to bus 100 protesters from Las Vegas to Carson City to demonstrate Monday against a potential deferral of cost of living pay increases for state employees.

Legislators are expected to begin meeting Monday in Carson City in a special session to discuss ways to cut the state budget, including delaying state employees' scheduled raises.

The AFSCME riders are scheduled to leave Las Vegas at 10 p.m. Sunday, with plans to join fellow union members from Northern Nevada in a noon rally at the State Capital. They'll head back to Las Vegas the same afternoon. AFSCME represents state employees such as correctional officers and classified workers at public colleges.

As many as 35 students and recent graduates from Southern Nevada colleges could be joining union members on their bus ride to Carson City, said Adam Cronis, president of UNLV's student body.

Fighting a delay in employee raises "is truly is important because I think it’s just sort of the first step toward the long road of further reduction," Cronis said.

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