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March 2, 2015

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County OKs contract with firefighters that saves $7.4 million

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Clark County commissioners approved a contract with the local firefighters’ union today, about two weeks after an arbitrator ruled in the county’s favor.

Negotiations between the county and the union fell apart in August and the two sides agreed to binding arbitration the following month.

The arbitrator selected the county’s offer over the union’s on Jan. 19.

The contract will save the county an estimated $7.4 million over the 12-month period, plus many of the provisions in the contract will likely save money in future periods, County Manager Don Burnette said.

The contract affects 741 employees covered under the agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 1908, which is the county’s second-largest union.

Commissioner Tom Collins was the sole vote against the contract. Collins said the contract’s extension of longevity should have applied to current employees instead of only to new employees.

The contract includes a 2 percent salary reduction for a savings of $3.4 million, savings of $738,036 due to a lower contribution to the union’s insurance trust and savings of $500,000 attributed to modifications of the long-term disability policy.

County officials previously said the firefighters’ final offer would have saved the county $6.1 million had it been selected by the arbitrator.

Since the newly approved contract expires in five months, negotiations over the next contract will begin soon, Burnette said.

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  1. The Fighters Union and the Clark County Fighters, and the County Commissioners (which represents Clark County residents) need to have a serious discussion on equity of the relationship between the Fire Fighters and Clark County.

    Enlight of the protest we are seeing in Egypt, and Tunisia, and the quick changes in Jordan, we the people are beginning to see the light on what is fair and what is not fair. It is time for real change, change that is reasonable and accountable.

    The overtime issue is real and needs an immediate correction. Or do not we want to see Las Vegas residents taking to the streets in peaceful protest if this issue is not addressed by our elected, and addressed in an open forum with open discussions for a reasonable resolution.

  2. Will this contract be made public? Or is it still covered by the same clause in Article 2, paragraph 2 that says the *only* way for a member of the public to get a copy is by written request and that publication on a county website is specifically prohibited?

    We need open contracts!

  3. From now on, what will you think when a child says "I want to be a firefighter when I grow up!"

    Will they say that because firefighters are the most noble of all public servants? Or because they can milk the system and steal from the taxpayers like there is no tomorrow?

    To every member of the Clark County fire department, I want you to look in the eyes of my 10yr old and 12yr old and tell them you deserve their respect. If you can't do that, quit your job and make room for someone who deserves it!

  4. You know it would be untrue,if I say to you,Clark County couldn't get much higher,2% on the funeral pyre,come on baby light my fire.Try to set the night on fireeeer!This is the end,my only friend ,the end.Of our elaborate plans,the end.Of everything that stands,the end,no safety or suprise,the end.This is the end of the end.

  5. Continued lyrics by the DOORS for you boftx:Ill never look into your eyes .....again.Can you picture what will be...So limitless and free...Desperatley in need of some strangers hand.In a ....desperate land

  6. Sorry roguerunner, gotta go with Joe Cocker or Robert Heinlein.

  7. So you came in through the back window?You must of been on a "Moonlight Drive!"

  8. Stranger in a strange land who will fear no evil as I sail beyond the sunset. :)

  9. ...and get high with a little help from my friends (from Scotland.)

  10. ... so I feel alright now.

  11. 2000 light years from home.

  12. And I was the man with a plan from Tennessee.

  13. You just pushed the over/under to about 4. :)

  14. I suppose we gotta talk about high school classes in Paris that teach us how to find a well heeled girl to help us hide from the Sun now. :)

  15. Ok, I concede, I'd have to go to Google to carry on from here. I'm just an old libertarian hippie that knows when I'm being ripped off.

    But I'll say this much, Beverly Hills is fun to visit, but I wouldn't want to raise my kids there. As for dalliances, anyone who hasn't had a few can't be helped no matter how many classes they take.