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March 3, 2015

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NLV Police Union offers to give up pay raises next year

The North Las Vegas Police Union, a 370-member group that has been in ongoing talks with city officials for months about cutting costs, has made a concession offer.

The offer, drafted Tuesday and that would still need to be ratified, includes forgoing pay increases next year, said union President Michael Yarter, a detective for the North Las Vegas Police Department.

The proposal also eliminates the ability of union members to sell back unused sick days or holidays, he said. For some officers, that could amount to thousands of dollars, he said.

In exchange, Yarter said, the union has asked the city not to lay off any police officers for the next 18 months. In addition, entry-level police officers, under the new agreement, would start at a pay rate 10 percent lower than the current one, he said.

“We don’t want the employees to be laid off,” he said. “We offered something that goes above and beyond what we had to.”

Altogether, the cuts will save the city about $5 million during the next year, he said.

The concessions do not involve any pay cuts. “We won’t go back to take away what we’ve already been given,” Yarter said.

City spokeswoman Juliet Casey said the union is “working very hard.”

“It seems like they’re very hopeful that they’ll make progress,” she said. “They’re in discussions right now.”

The agreement would need to be ratified by the union’s membership and approved by the City Council to go into effect.

“We are waiting on a response” from the city, Yarter said.

Because the city has not yet reached a tentative agreement with the police union, Casey said she couldn’t comment on the city’s position.

“We’re really hopeful that we’ll have a tentative agreement soon,” she said.

Under a city budget reduction plan to close a $35.1 million budget gap by July 1, 2012, 33 firefighter positions and 27 police officer positions would need to be cut to balance the city’s budget, unless concessions are made.

Sixteen police officer positions were saved by a federal grant, meaning 11 would have to be laid off if no concessions are made.

The council approved the budget reduction plan, presented by City Manager Maryann Ustick, Nov. 1 by a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Shari Buck the only dissenter.

So far, only the Teamsters have reached an agreement to save 144 full-time positions that would have been cut under the budget reduction plan.

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  1. Vertical cuts make themselves felt. Join the club.

  2. Tell us when they start cutting at the TOP. Only then, will have everyone have felt the pain. Thanks.

  3. For Immediate Release:
    Steve Sanson President of Veterans In Politics International 702 283 8088

    Madness in North Las Vegas Nevada

    Veterans In Politics believes that North Las Vegas is border line of being dysfunctional

    North Las Vegas Nevada: North Las Vegas has a lot to offer to its constituency, but they have been comfortable for far too long. Let's start out with their voting public 6% of North Las Vegas voters control the vote. Somebody tell us where 94% of their voting population is?

    In this year's 2011 primary municipal election for the Ward 2 City Council race we had two candidates Tanya Flanagan and Linda Meisenheimer tied for second place with 328 votes. they had to revert to the highest card being drawn to declare a winner to move onto the General Election. Are you kidding me, where are the voters? See the video on Hacking Democracy:

    Now, in the General Election for Ward 4 City Council we have two candidates in the General Election that have a one vote separation to declare a true winner for the race between Councilman Richard Cherchio and Wade Wagner. Later, we found out that one of the precinct casted an illegal vote. Some of our members attended both North Las Vegas City Council meetings regarding the election between the two candidates. It is clear to the City Council that they cannot canvas the vote and a new election would have to take place.

    Questions were asked would that illegal vote tie the election or give a two vote lead to Wade Wagner. With this the City Council made up of William Robinson, Anita Wood, and Robert Eliason unanimously voted for a new election in precinct 4306 where the illegal vote was found. Once the election is over they would add all the votes that affect the Ward 4 race with the new votes casted in precinct 4306, because of this I couldn't understand why some voter's were saying that their vote would be disenfranchised. Especially a legal action filed by former North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon. According to Larry Lomax our Voter Register mail in ballots would still be accepted.

    Veterans In Politics have received an e-mail and heard testimony at the North Las Vegas City Council that former Mayor Michael Montandon wanted an $11,000 settlement from the city of North Las Vegas to withdraw his law suit. This is the same person that received benefits, notoriety, and a salary from the city for years. This is the same person that wants money from a city everybody knows that is going through a financial downturn that has laid off its employees. Where is his loyalty to a city that put his name on the map?

  4. We also witness the current Mayor of North Las Vegas Shari Buck recuse herself from the city council special election meeting, due to having her husband and children as paid workers on Wade Wagner's campaign the opponent of City Councilman Richard Cherchio. Veterans In Politics was told that Wade Wagner was brought into this race by Mayor Buck. We believe Mayor Buck needs to take lessons from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and stay out of council races.

    North Las Vegas Mayor Buck a registered Republican has aligned herself with the police and fire fighters unions. Republicans are against unions going back to the Eisenhower era. It is clear that Mayor Buck is the type of politician we warn the public about; self serving and an opportunist not looking out for the people's best interest, but looking to win the next election.

    That goes the same for Wade Wagner who made it clear on Veterans In Politics endorsement interview that he did not know the budget of North Las Vegas, but he would be willing to raise taxes on his constituency. This is the same individual that has none of his four businesses in North Las Vegas. See interview:

    Veterans In Politics believes the madness and dysfunctionality that is now faced with the North Las Vegas City Council is their budget deficit. The council is now faced with laying off employees. The council is trying to be fair about it by laying off people across the board however the Police Union appears to have a sense of entitlement and feels that they are "God" and should not follow suit with everyone else.

    According to the Police Unions President Michael Yarter, libraries and parks are frivolous spending. We would like to find out if the spending that is done by the Police Unions are frivolous as well, for example attack mailers against Councilman Richard Cherchio and billboards all over North Las Vegas telling criminals that they have a safe haven in North Las Vegas.

    What about unethical behavior that is being conducted by the Police Unions, they have their off duty police officers wearing their "POLICE" shirts knocking on doors and intimidating the people of North Las Vegas to vote for Wade Wagner?

    Has anyone asked why the Police Unions want Wade Wagner so bad? Four words "puppet on a string".

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